Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Search for missing child in Mt. Laurel to resume, sheriff's office says

A search for a child reported to be missing in Mt. Laurel will resume this morning, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said.

"Just after 6:00 Monday June 6, 2011, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office was notified of a missing child in the Mt. Laurel area," the sheriff's office said in a news release issued just after midnight. "Deputies responded to search for the toddler but the initial search did not locate the child.  Several fire departments (Cahaba Valley, Calera and Harpersville) and the local EMA responded to help in the search and the Alabama Department of Public Safety responded with one of their specially equipped helicopters with trained personnel."

"A perimeter was established and the immediate and surrounding area was searched several times by both deputies and fire personnel," the news release states. "The area where the child disappeared is heavily wooded and there is a sizable lake where the child had been playing earlier.  The lake was searched by trained divers with specialized equipment."

The search was suspended until this morning, but  deputies remained on the scene throughout the night, the news release states.

" Additional deputies will begin searching early tomorrow and divers will search the lake again," the news release states.

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