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Missing girl found in woods near home
King George County search for missing girl ends happily

Date published: 5/25/2009

By Pamela Gould

An overnight search for a King George County girl ended successfully yesterday morning thanks to the work of six agencies from Virginia and Maryland, plus 42 volunteers with seven search and rescue dog teams, according to King George sheriff's Capt. Steve Dempsey.

An 18-year-old with Down syndrome left her family farm home about 6 p.m Saturday. Her family contacted the Sheriff's Office at 12:30 a.m. yesterday after she failed to return home and they had conducted their own unsuccessful search.

The girl was found unharmed about 9:30 a.m. yesterday by a search and rescue team known as Dogs East. She was located about a half-mile from her house in a marshy area of the woods, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Searchers included search and rescue dog teams from Winchester, Christiansburg and Tidewater, as well as personnel from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Maryland State Police and members of the King George Sheriff's Office and fire and EMS personnel.

--Pamela Gould