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Girl missing in corn field found after search

By: The Canadian Press

 | Aug 13, 2014 - 10:45 AM |

LONDON, Ont. - Police say a two-year-old girl who went missing in a corn field north of London, Ont., has been found and is safe.

The girl went missing Tuesday night after a group of children playing in the field that surrounds a home returned to the residence without her.

Family members and neighbours searched the property but weren't able to find the girl so they contacted police.

Provincial police set up a perimeter and conducted a grid search with the help of a canine unit, volunteer fire fighters and other volunteers.

A military helicopter from CFB Trenton, and an Ontario Provincial Police helicopter also helped with the search.

The search area was described as approximately 100 acres or the equivalent of 75 football fields.

(AM980)
 

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LONDON, Ont. - A search is underway for a two-year-old girl who went missing in a corn field north of London, Ont., last night.

Ontario provincial police say a group of children were playing in the field that surrounds a home sometime before 8 p.m. yesterday and when they returned to the residence, the two-year-old was unaccounted for.

Family members and neighbours searched the property but weren't able to find the girl so they contacted police.

Provincial police set up a perimeter and are conducting a grid search with the help of a canine unit, volunteer fire fighters and other volunteers.

A military helicopter from CFB Trenton, and an OPP helicopter are also helping with the search.

The search area has been described as approximately 100 acres or the equivalent of 75 football fields.

Perth OPP Const. Kees Wijnands says authorities hope to find the girl as quickly as possible as she isn't dressed for spending long periods outdoors.

"She’s just wearing a dress with some simple shoes and that’s about it, so we’re somewhat concerned," he told local radio station AM980.

Wijnands says the search is being made harder by the lush rows of corn that are growing very close together.

"The corn is about 10 to 12 feet tall, and of course even from the air it’s very difficult to look through it," he said.

"It's pretty much a meticulous process of going row-by-row to try and locate someone within the corn. Even for an adult, it’s very easy to lose your bearings."

(AM980)

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