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Search for young girl reportedly injured continues, albeit with little additional information

As of May 13, the Vermont State police were continuing the investigation into the reported possible endangered juvenile female on the West Proctor Road in Rutland Town.  

The investigation started May 9, at approximately 5:17 p.m. when the Vermont State Police in Rutland Barracks received a phone call from someone stating that a female juvenile approached their car. The caller indicated that she had been hurt, and exhibited physical injuries. The reporting party was unable to keep the child at the vehicle and the female juvenile was last seen running into the woods.

The unknown female child advised her name was "Angel" or "Angela". She appeared to be approximately 6-years-old and is described as a white female, with dark brown straight shoulder length hair, and was missing her left front tooth. She was last seen wearing a red skirt, white t-shirt, white flip flops, and a mood ring.

As of Monday, May 13, police reported that no information had been obtained independent of the initial report of the caller regarding a possible endangered juvenile female and no juvenile female was located in the area as a result of search efforts. The Vermont State Police still have not received any reports of a missing 6- or 7-year-old female, from within Vermont or surrounding states.

During the course of the investigation, detectives have conducted numerous interviews of neighbors, business owners in that area and followed up on tips from the public.  None of the interviews have resulted in any leads for detectives to follow up on nor did anyone else report seeing this juvenile.

State Police Capt. David Covell, head of the state's criminal investigations unit, held a press conference at 12-noon Friday outside the Rutland Town Volunteer Fire Department in Center Rutland. Covell declined to describe the physical injuries on the girl and also did not say who made the call, although he did say the caller was identified and was cooperating with police.

Covell said state police, criminal investigators and a multitude of other law enforcers from various agencies include the county sheriff's department and the National Guard were not speculating, at that time, that the tip was a hoax.

A helicopter hovered over Center Rutland, Proctor and West Rutland all afternoon Friday and a command post was set up at the fire department all day with dozens of police cars lined up.

A West Rutland Fire Department trailer hauling an ATV pulled up just before 12-noon.  

Lead investigator Lt. Reg Trayah said it was his job to act like the girl was missing, and try to find her.

All children from area schools were accounted for and no one matching the description was reported missing from a school or home in Vermont or New England.

Police did say they were working with other states to determine if any girl matching the description was missing.

Neighbors near the West Proctor Road neighborhood, however, were speculating Friday, after the search had gone into the 19th hour.

Michael Alexander, 13, and sister Deanna Garrow, 17, from nearby Flory Heights in Center Rutland had taken the day off school to search for the missing girl. Garrow said neighbors were questioning if the girl reported missing was abducted from California in 2007 because Facebook was spreading information that the mother of the girl kidnapped her and settled in West Rutland.

"I'm not giving up," Garrow said Friday afternoon.

Cristina Kumka is a corespondent for The Mountain Times, she can be reached directly at cristina_kumka@yahoo.com