A large, multiagency search for a missing toddler in the Myrtletown area last night ended with a sigh of relief, after the girl was located by Sheriff’s Office deputies inside her own home.
Selena Zorrilla-Mendoza, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, told the Outpost this morning that her office received the call from panicked parents shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday. They said their three-year-old, autistic daughter had gone missing and could not be located.
Law enforcement agencies and rescuers from throughout the region mobilized a switft search. Officers from the Eureka Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded to assist, Zorrilla-Mendoza said, along with personnel from Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance responded. They drafted neighbors and began systematically combing the neighborhood.
The search ended after deputies performed a second check of the girl’s home on Quaker Street and located her there, unharmed, presumably in hiding.