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Search for missing girl remains on hold

Posted March 30, 2009 11:33 a.m. EDT

— The high level of the Lower Little River on Monday continued to hamper efforts to search for a missing 6-year-old girl, authorities said.

Ca'zhia McMillian, a first-grader at Anderson Creek Primary School, was playing with a friend on the riverbank last Tuesday afternoon when she fell in, authorities said.

Crews searched a 5-mile stretch of the river for four days, using tracking dogs along the banks, sonar to scan the river and helicopters for an aerial view.

Authorities suspended the search over the weekend after heavy rains caused river levels to rise, making it unsafe for rescue workers.

The Harnett County Sheriff's Office said authorities would evaluate the river level daily to determine when it was safe enough to resume the search.