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Missing Breezy Point girl found safe

A Breezy Point girl who went missing on Sunday, Aug. 23, was found safe and uninjured. On Sunday evening, Breezy Point police officers were dispatched to Whitebirch Estates in response to a report of a missing 3-year-old girl, according to the of...

A Breezy Point girl who went missing on Sunday, Aug. 23, was found safe and uninjured.

On Sunday evening, Breezy Point police officers were dispatched to Whitebirch Estates in response to a report of a missing 3-year-old girl, according to the official report from the department.

The child was reportedly wearing a pink fleece jacket over a pink and white dress. Officers Josef Garcia and Jay Lorch responded to the area and were assisted by officers from Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Crow Wing County.

While en route, Lorch reported the girl may have been seen walking westbound on the golf course with an unknown male wearing a green T-shirt and blue jeans. Garcia checked west of the area with no results and spoke with golfers on the course who denied seeing the missing child.

A male wearing a green T-shirt and blue jeans was encountered and found to be a friend of the family. Garcia then proceeded to the area behind Whitebirch Estates. He met with Lorch, who had conducted a search of the unit.

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Garcia began organizing search teams to check different areas, including assigning Officer Matthew Jorgens to conduct a door-to-door canvass of all Whitebirch Estate units in the vicinity. He requested assistance from Pequot Lakes Fire Department and aviation assets from the Minnesota State Patrol. He also requested investigative assistance from the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office because the possibility of an abduction could not be ruled out.

Officers also checked a possible sighting at a residence at Sun Valley Lane, and a sheriff's deputy confirmed with the homeowner that the sighting was likely a child who lives at that residence.

At approximately 6:49 p.m., Jorgens located the child in unit 834 of Whitebirch Estates, while conducting the door-to-door canvas, according to the police report.

The child was found asleep on a chair in the unit, which was otherwise vacant. She was reunited with family and did not show any signs of injury or abuse. Garcia and Jorgens checked the unit and did not note any signs of criminal activity. The unit appeared to have been vacated by the occupants earlier in the day.

Lorch interviewed the child who stated she believed that the unit was her family's, and she entered through a sliding door that was unlocked. Both units occupied the same position in different buildings.

Related Topics: BREEZY POINTPOLICE
Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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