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Missing 3-year-old found safe after hourlong search

By J.R. TIDWELL / Editor

A missing 3-year-old girl was found safe after an hourlong search around 8 p.m. on June 18.

According to Sheriff John Shearon with Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, the girl was playing on a trampoline at her residence on County Road 416 before her family lost sight of her.

Shearon said speculation is the girl followed a family dog that wandered into some nearby woods.

Members of Enterprise Volunteer Fire and Rescue were soon on location searching for the missing girl, along with members of other local law enforcement agencies, including Clanton Police Department and CCSO.

However, manpower was limited because the search was happening at the same time as an armed standoff in Thorsby with a man who had fired a shotgun into the air before barricading himself in his house.

“We were wide open Tuesday night,” Shearon said.

Shearon said authorities searched for the girl for about an hour and 15 minutes before she was located off County Road 53 near a dirt pit owned by Chilton Contractors.

Capt. David Clackley with CPD said the girl exited the woods near an Enterprise fire truck and was spotted.

Clackley said the location was around 600 yards away from her house. He and his K-9 Max were among the search team.

Shearon said the girl had a few scratches on her but was otherwise fine.

He said he was en route to the Thorsby standoff before a subordinate informed him the situation had been resolved, so he instead joined the search for the missing girl.

“It all ended up resolved,” he said.