BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham police say 3-year-old Kamille McKinney has not been found and reports Wednesday afternoon that she was located are false.
Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway told our sister station CBS 42 early Wednesday afternoon that McKinney was found safe, but Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said that was not the case.
"Please understand we are still searching for her," Williams said.
Police cordoned off a perimeter around apartments in the 2700 block of Jefferson Avenue Wednesday morning. Williams said they responded on a tip, and a search of all the apartment's units and vehicles did not turn up anything.
McKinney had last been seen at a birthday party Saturday night in Birmingham. Two people of interest in her disappearance have been arrested on unrelated charges.
A large crowd gathered at the scene as authorities worked behind a perimeter and Jefferson County's Star 1 helicopter flew above the scene.
At one point word traveled through the crowd that she had been found, and family members on the scene told WIAT she had been found. But Sgt. Williams said just before 1 p.m. the information was not true. A girl seen at the scene resembled McKinney but was not her, Williams said.
Williams said multiple teams are still looking and asked that people keep tips coming in.
"We're going to search every location that we have to search," he said. "So we're asking everybody, please keep the information coming. Keep it flowing. Don't give up on her. We haven't given up on her, and we're going to locate her."
Anyone with information about where Williams could be is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 205-254-7777 or call Birmingham police.