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September 9, 2013  

Missing Girl Found Safe after Search in Gilmanton


GILMANTON, NH – On Sunday, September 8th, a five year-old girl from Brookline, New Hampshire was found safe after disappearing in woods near a relative’s home on Rollins Pond Road in Gilmanton.  The girl was discovered by a homeowner in a barn on Blake Road in Loudon at approximately 7:15 PM, after a more than six hour search. At approximately 1:00 PM, Gilmanton Police and Fire Department personnel responded after being notified that a young girl had been missing for an hour, after family and friends were unsuccessful in locating her.  The child failed to return from an area approximately one-quarter of a mile into the woods, where she had been playing with six other children, ages 4-11. 

State Troopers from New Hampshire State Police, with a blood hound, along with several Conservation Officers and a canine unit from New Hampshire Fish and Game also responded. 
Search efforts by rescuers focused on a rural area greater than 500 acres in size which included woods, swamps and open farmlands.  Area residents also assisted in the search by checking area roads and trails.  

With darkness soon approaching and a forecast calling for overnight lows in the 30s, canine teams from New England K-9 Search and Rescue, along with volunteers from Upper Valley Search and Rescue responded to the scene.  Massachusetts State Police also responded with a helicopter unit equipped with FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) capabilities.

The girl was located was approximately one-mile away through the woods from her last known position, and approximately 3.7 miles away by area roads.  The girl was transported back to her parents by Gilmanton Police.  The child appeared to be in excellent condition except for some bug bites.  According to Conservation Officer Lieutenant Jim Juneau, “This was a true team effort involving local, state and volunteer resources; we’re all extremely grateful for the outcome.” 

No further information is available at this time.

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