LEE COUNTY, Ala. - Authorities confirm Evelyn Vadie Sides has been safely located with her dog after being missing for two days.
Our sister station CBS 42 reports that she is okay and is receiving medical attention after vanishing for nearly 48- hours in a wooded area near her home along Lee Road 36.
"The dog was with her protecting her the whole time, ''Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Drew Peacock told our news partner AL.com. The dog ran away during all the excitement, but they expect the dog will return home.
Authorities issued an Emergency Missing Child Alert for the 4-year-old girl on Wednesday. Authorities said she was under the supervision of a caretaker and walking her dog when she and the dog “essentially just disappeared.”
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says Evelyn Vadie Sides was last seen walking with her red dog and wearing a short sleeve floral dress on Lee County Road 66 in Auburn at 2:30 p.m. on March 25.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies searched the woods for the little girl with the use of helicopters, drones, and horses.