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Missing children found following search Monday

Press release from Pickens Sheriff

On Monday, August 1, 2011, the Pickens Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of three missing children in the area of Refuge Road. It was discovered that three children, ages 12, 9 and 6, had walked into a wooded area and had been missing for almost 3 hours.

The Pickens Sheriff’s Office joined with the Pickens County Fire Department and Pickens County Emergency Medical Services to search the area. Through the use of public safety professionals from all sectors, private citizens and aerial support provided by the Georgia State Patrol, the children were located approximately ½ mile from the location where they were reported missing.

All three children were found unharmed and healthy. Each child was checked by Emergency Medical Personnel and then released to their parents.

Sheriff Donnie Craig stated “It was great to see our office working closely with all other public safety agencies throughout this event. The greatest thing to come from this is the fact that the children were returned safely to their parents.”

The search lasted for approximately 2 and ½ hours and consisted of more than 100 individuals.

See more details in our print edition tomorrow.


valerie ansted
+7 #1 valerie ansted 2011-08-02 12:11
This happened in my neighborhood and it was pretty scarey. It was wonderful seeing all the folks show up to volunteer for a search party. There was even a wating list for a second search party to relieve the first crew if necessary. It is so nice to be part of a community that pulls together when something bad happens! (yes you may quote me on this is you wish)
W. Padgett
+5 #2 W. Padgett 2011-08-02 13:42
I would like to commend Sheriff Craig and his department on finding these kids safely.

It is a far cry from the way a similar case was handled (under the prior Pickens Co. Sheriff and his county agents 5 years ago this October) when my sister-n-law and two nephews were missing for 9 hours before being found in their car, upside down in a 10 foot deep ditch at Nelson (Cherokee/Picke ns Co. line) by two local citizens (not deputies as the Sheriff's dept. claimed).
Dale Vosbury
+6 #3 Dale Vosbury 2011-08-04 07:34
I live in Newnan and one of the children is my Granddaughter. I thank God for everyone that helped with the search and thank God for the out come. I never want to go through that again. Great job to all involved.
+4 #4 Liz 2011-08-04 08:52
So happy this story ended well!
April Beck
+1 #5 April Beck 2011-08-07 22:54
So glad they found those kids and they are ok, we had been praying for them. We were completely shocked when police inforcement came to our door looking for these kids, and it really makes me take into consideration my own children, I will defianetly not be letting them out of my sight. Thank you lord jesus for returning these children home safely.

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