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Missing Catawba County girl found safe near home

Posted September 28, 2016

— An 11-year-old girl who went missing Tuesday after being dropped off by a school bus near her home was found safe Wednesday evening.

Emily Jaide Dowdle was last seen at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday along Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba, authorities said.

She was found safe just after 9 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area near her home, authorities said.

Authorities said Dowdle would be checked out by medics.

No additional information was available.


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  • Mary Meadows Sep 28, 2016
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    I meant to say missing overnight.

  • Mary Meadows Sep 28, 2016
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    Thank you Molly. I just assumed that give. Her age and the fact that she had been missing meant she automatically qualified. Appreciate the info and hope she is found safe.

  • Molly Beck Sep 28, 2016
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    This may explain it; apparently they haven't confirmed she has been abducted.

    "Law Enforcement Confirms an Abduction

    AMBER plans require law enforcement to confirm an abduction prior to issuing an alert. This is essential when determining the level of risk to the child. Clearly, stranger abductions are the most dangerous for children and thus are primary to the mission of an AMBER Alert. To allow activations in the absence of significant information that an abduction has occurred could lead to abuse of the system and ultimately weaken its effectiveness. At the same time, each case must be appraised on its own merits and a judgment call made quickly. Law enforcement must understand that a “best judgment” approach, based on the evidence, is appropriate and necessary."

  • Mary Meadows Sep 28, 2016
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    I'm wondering why I didn't get a Amber Alert notification???