Sheriff’s Office: Missing 9-yr-old found 2 miles away from home

9-yr-old found miles away from home hours after going missing
Updated: Oct. 24, 2019 at 9:47 PM CDT
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HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office says a girl, who was missing for several hours, has been found.

Henderson County deputies tell us 9-year-old Anna Rose Westerman wandered away from home between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday.

According to authorities, Westerman has autism and is verbally limited.

“Well, she’s helpless so time was of the essence," says Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Crafton. "We needed to try to find her before daylight ended. Before nighttime. So we were very lucky we had enough people out here to search this whole area somebody was able to run upon her.”

The search wasn’t limited to ground-crews. We saw Drones searching for Westerman across the vast fields and rescue dogs on standby.

“This is mostly cropland around here and some creek beds, ditches," Chief Deputy Crafton explains. "They were using drones mostly in conjunction with the off-road vehicles to try to search the whole area.”

It would be around 3 p.m. before someone spotted the 9-year-old crawling out of a ditch, about two miles east of her home. Westerman was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

We knocked on the door of Westerman’s home after the rescue. Her father told us this is a family matter.

Right now we don’t know why she left, but foul play is not suspected authorities say.

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