Missing little girl found alive

Thursday, December 18, 2008

By Lisa Schlichtman

A 3-year-old Amish girl was found alive and unharmed in the Verona area after spending Sunday night outside alone in frigid temperatures that produced sleet, ice and snow flurries.

Hannah Yoder was reported missing around 9:30 p.m. when she was thrown from a buggy when the horse got spooked. A huge contingent of around 150 search and rescue personnel were called to the site of the buggy accident and began scouring the area for the little girl.

It wasn't until 7:15 a.m. the next morning that Hannah was found huddled in a ditch near the intersection of Highway 39 and Route P, six miles north of Verona. A woman driving by the area saw something black in the ditch and stopped to see if could possibly be the missing girl.

The motorist said she got out of her car and approached the crouching figure who immediately began screaming for her "mommy." Banks picked Hannah up and brought her to the command post. The woman said she had heard of the disappearance and was keeping an eye out for the little girl as she drove to work.

Hannah was transported by ambulance to the hospital where doctors examined her and reported that she suffered only minor effects from the chilling cold. She is expected to make a full recovery.

The little girl was found dressed in a black dress and black sweater and missing one shoe. Wind chills during the night dipped below zero degrees.

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