Search continues for girl reported lost - Updated 6:01 a.m.
Staff Report | May 10,2013
Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
A helicopter lights up the former WHWB radio tower on the West Proctor Road in Rutland Town at 11 p.m. Thursday.
The Vermont State Police issued a press release late last night about the search for the possible missing girl in the Center Rutland-West Rutland area.
Searchers combed the area around West Proctor Road in West Rutland and Center Rutland through the night, according to another press release released early this morning, without locating any girl.
Members of the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team, the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department, Vermont Fish and Game, the Vermont National Guard and New England K9 have continued their search efforts through the early morning hours of May 10.
State Police Investigators, Troopers from the Rutland Barracks and members of the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department have also canvassed the area and checked local residences and schools as well as conducted interviews of residents in the area.
At the time of this release, no juvenile female has been located in the search area nor has the Vermont State Police received any reports of a missing 6 or 7 year old female.
Search efforts in this area are expected to continue during the day today .
This remains an active and ongoing investigation.
According to the first release, State Police received a report at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday of a "possible endangered female juvenile" on the West Proctor Road in West Rutland.
According to the caller, "a female juvenile approached their car, 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."
Police said the caller said the girl said her name was "Angel" or "Angela." She appeared to be approximately 6 years old and was 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.
A hasty search including a police dog was conducted without finding anyone.
Since then the search has been expanded to include members with the Rutland County Sheriff's Department, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont National Guard, Rutland Town Fire Department, and New England K9.
A National Guard helicopter is overhead searching in the area of the Otter Creek between Route 3 and West Proctor Road near Route 4.
A witnesses said police have combed the area along Route 4 from Route 3 to the Sunoco station, including the falls in Center Rutland. Most of the more recent activity was in the fields and woods north of Route 4, and attention was being paid to the area around Wilson Castle as of 11 p.m.
Many area residents have taken to Facebook and other social media channels to swap information, but that has been extremely limited.
A State Police detective at the State Police Barracks in Rutland said all available personnel were out searching for the girl and that no comment would be made on the search until at a later date. An officer with the State Police on the scene said a news release would be issued but no further details were available.
A command post has been established at the Rutland Town Fire Department on Route 4.
Vermont State Police say they have no reports of a missing 6- or 7-year-old girl, and no AMBER Alert has been issued because it does not meet the criteria for an alert, but the case is actively being investigated.
Anyone with any information should call the Rutland Barracks at 802-773-9101 or submit an anonymous tip to www.vtips.info. If you come into contact with a child matching this description, please call 911 immediately.
We'll update this story tonight and in the morning as details warrant.