Missing Children Found After Extensive Search
Lompoc- October 16th, 2012
At approximately 7:00 PM Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Cabrillo High School softball fields on the report of two missing eight year old girls. Family members reported that they had let the girls play around the school area while the brother of one of the girls participated in football practice.
After practice the Grandfather of the two girls, who are cousins, was unable to locate them prompting a call for assistance. A search of the immediate area was conducted without success. The initial responding deputies summoned assistance which resulted in the response of 5 Deputy Sheriff’s, 16 Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel, Military Police from Vandenberg Air Force Base on all terrain vehicles, a Santa Barbara County Helicopter, and 2 Sheriff’s Canine Teams. Sheriff’s personnel also used the reverse 9-1-1 system to alert local residents to watch for the girls. The call prompted over 100 people to respond to the softball fields to assist in the search.
While Search and Rescue personnel developed a search plan, Sheriff’s Canine Teams attempted to track the girls starting from the location they were last seen. The canine’s located a track that led into heavy brush surrounding the softball fields. At the same time the canine teams were tracking the two girls, some local residents began searching the area on their own. The area is largely undeveloped and consists of numerous trails through very thick brush.
After searching for several hours the girls were located. The girls told searchers they tried to follow the trail to a pond in the area but became lost in the heavy brush. Both girls were escorted back to Cabrillo High School where they were reunited with their families.
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