Alabama authorities in Lee County are now asking for civilian volunteers to help search for a missing 4-year-old who vanished Wednesday afternoon.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said that 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.
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.
#UPDATE: Volunteer Request from Lee County Sheriff’s Office for missing girl •If individuals wish to assist in search…
News 3 reports that authorities stated all volunteers must be in good physical condition to search densely wooded areas. Please bring water, snacks and hand sanitizer. Wear boots and thick pants.
Volunteers should go to the EMA Volunteer Coordination point, located at the Roxanna Methodist Church on Lee Road 71, to check in.
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]