As of May 13, the Vermont State police were continuing the
investigation into the reported possible endangered juvenile female
on the West Proctor Road in Rutland Town.
The investigation started May 9, at approximately 5:17 p.m. when
the Vermont State Police in Rutland Barracks received a phone call
from someone stating that a female juvenile approached their car.
The caller indicated that she had been hurt, and exhibited physical
injuries. The reporting party was unable to keep the child at the
vehicle and the female juvenile was last seen running into the
The unknown female child advised her name was "Angel" or
"Angela". She appeared to be approximately 6-years-old and is
described as a white female, with dark brown straight shoulder
length hair, and was missing her left front tooth. She was last
seen wearing a red skirt, white t-shirt, white flip flops, and a
As of Monday, May 13, police reported that no information had
been obtained independent of the initial report of the caller
regarding a possible endangered juvenile female and no juvenile
female was located in the area as a result of search efforts. The
Vermont State Police still have not received any reports of a
missing 6- or 7-year-old female, from within Vermont or surrounding
During the course of the investigation, detectives have
conducted numerous interviews of neighbors, business owners in that
area and followed up on tips from the public. None of the
interviews have resulted in any leads for detectives to follow up
on nor did anyone else report seeing this juvenile.
State Police Capt. David Covell, head of the state's
criminal investigations unit, held a press conference at 12-noon
Friday outside the Rutland Town Volunteer Fire Department in Center
Rutland. Covell declined to describe the physical injuries on the
girl and also did not say who made the call, although he did say
the caller was identified and was cooperating with police.
Covell said state police, criminal investigators and a multitude
of other law enforcers from various agencies include the county
sheriff's department and the National Guard were not speculating,
at that time, that the tip was a hoax.
A helicopter hovered over Center Rutland, Proctor and West
Rutland all afternoon Friday and a command post was set up at the
fire department all day with dozens of police cars lined up.
A West Rutland Fire Department trailer hauling an ATV
pulled up just before 12-noon.
Lead investigator Lt. Reg Trayah said it was his job to act like
the girl was missing, and try to find her.
All children from area schools were accounted for and no one
matching the description was reported missing from a school or
home in Vermont or New England.
Police did say they were working with other states to determine
if any girl matching the description was missing.
Neighbors near the West Proctor Road neighborhood, however, were
speculating Friday, after the search had gone into the 19th
Michael Alexander, 13, and sister Deanna Garrow, 17, from nearby
Flory Heights in Center Rutland had taken the day off school to
search for the missing girl. Garrow said neighbors were questioning
if the girl reported missing was abducted from California in 2007
because Facebook was spreading information that the mother of the
girl kidnapped her and settled in West Rutland.
"I'm not giving up," Garrow said Friday afternoon.
Cristina Kumka is a corespondent for The
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