Alabama authorities continue to search for a 4-year-old girl who disappeared Wednesday while reportedly walking her dog.
According to Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, Evelyn “Vadie” Sides was with a caregiver described as a “longtime friend of the family” when she disappeared from the 5000 block of Lee Road 66 in Loachapoka, at around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.
“They had gone off into the backyard of the residence located off of Lee Road 66 here, northwest of Loachapoka. They were just walking around in the backyard of the residence, and bear in mind this is a rural area. The homes are pretty far apart and sparsely populated.”
The caregiver told authorities that when she looked up, Vadie had disappeared from sight. After a brief search of the area, the caregiver contacted 911.
“We know this little girl and we know her family,” Peacock told News 3’s Elizabeth White.
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Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Peacock said that the girl was familiar with the area but “essentially disappeared,” according to Al.com.
The dog said to be Evelyn is a short-haired, reddish-brown hound dog wearing a collar. The dog has not returned home.
No foul play is expected at this time and authorities are not asking for any volunteers to assist, due to technology being used in the search.
Numerous agencies are assisting in the search, including ALEA Troopers, EMA CERT volunteers, Lee County Deputies, and a number of agencies in the surrounding areas.
Vadie is described as a white female with red hair, who stands 3 feet tall and weighs 40 pounds. According to Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, she was last seen wearing a blue print dress with green flowers.
Anyone with any information should contact Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334-737-7131 or call 911.
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[Feature Photo: Evelyn Vadie Sides/Lee County Sheriff’s Office]