2-year-old girl who disappeared from Northern Michigan campsite found alive
Gabriella Vitale found after missing for 24 hours
COMINS TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 2-year-old girl who disappeared Monday morning from a Northern Michigan campsite has been found alive, according to officials.
Gabriella Roselynn Vitale was reported missing around 8:15 a.m. Monday. She was found around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
"We would like to express our thanks to God for keeping our sweet Gabriella safe," her mother said in a statement. "Thank you to the countless public safety officers, first responders, and those that helped locate our girl. We are forever grateful to the Fairview Community, especially the local, state and DNR officers. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers as we hold Gabriella in our arms."
Michigan State Police said the 2-year-old girl from the Monroe area went missing while her family was camping in Northern Michigan.
On Tuesday, officials said she had walked to a residence nearby and a person at the residence alerted police. Gabriella is doing well, officials said, but she was missing her shoes and bottoms.
- Gabriella was last seen Monday morning and was found Tuesday morning, more than 24 hours later.
- He pink jacket had been found Monday evening several hundred yards from where she went missing.
Deputies with the Oscoda County Sheriff's Office were sent to a wooded area about three-quarters of a mile west of M-33 on Reber Road in Comins Township, according to authorities, where the search had been ongoing for more than 24 hours.
Family members told police they are from the Monroe area and have been camping since late last week. They said they were preparing to leaving Monday morning when they lost track of Gabriella.
"I just want my baby," Gabriella's mother's boyfriend said. "Please, if you can help search, anything, just please help."
Deputies and state troopers searched the area for the missing child. Her jacket was found Monday evening, police said. According to reports, it was found 6 p.m. Monday several hundred yards from where she was last seen.
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