Maine Game Warden and K9 find missing 11-year-old girl in St. Albans

A Maine game warden and his K9 worked together to find an 11-year-old girl who went missing on Friday.

The girl had disappeared around 9 a.m. Friday morning from her home on Square Road in St. Albans. The girl’s family began looking for her around 9 a.m., then called 911 when they found no trace of her. Members of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office were the first on the scene and they quickly requested K9 assistance from the Maine State Police and Maine Warden Service.

K9 Gamekeeper Koda and Gamekeeper Jake Voter have been tasked with searching a large wooded area behind the woods. After about 45 minutes of scrubbing in the woods, Koda detected a scent and moved quickly to a swampy area near a stream. She then began to bark, alerting Warden Voter that she had found something.

The Electoral Officer found the girl hiding in tall grass near a creek in a wet, marshy area just before noon. The 11-year-old girl had walked 2/3 of a mile from her house. Officials say she was tired and cold, but otherwise healthy. The voter picked her up and carried her on her back to where she was reunited with her relieved family.

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