Missing 2-year-old Caleigh Anne Harrison is still missing but it appears that the Coast Guard have called off searches for the child. This is a shame as she has only been gone for a little over a day. In cases like these it's important to aggressively search in these most vital hours, but the water must be far too rough for such a lengthy search, or so it seems.
The disappearance of Caleigh Anne Harrison is quickly grabbing attention on a national level as a truly tragic case that could either had been a sad accident or something more sinister. Sources say that nearly 250 square nautical miles were searched over a span of 18 hours, so why are they stopping now? Could it be possible that the little girl didn't fall into the water somehow?
This source says that the area the child vanished from while left along momentarily with her 4-year-old sister is known for its strong riptides, which is indicative that she very well could have fallen off the footbridge and gotten pulled out to sea. It's not unlikely at all. However, police are now focusing on the search for her as the Coast Guard has apparently ended theirs and they say they're not ruling anything out including foul play or abduction.
Some people think this is insensitive, but it really must be affirmed that children shouldn't be left alone for any reason when they're so young. This doesn't mean that Allison Hammond, the mother of the missing child, is being attacked. Nor does it mean anyone is focusing attention on her in a negative way. However, her story still goes to show, sadly, just what happens when parents turn their backs for just a minute.
Sister of Caleigh Anne Harrison to Be Interviewed
The 4-year-old sister who was with the little girl is said to be scheduled for an interview regarding the disappearance. It's reported here that police have scheduled the interview with a child expert after what the child told them. However, they are refusing to comment or clarify on what Caleigh's older sister said to them.
This in and of itself sparks a bit of interest and it's easy to speculate on what she may have seen. Could it be possible that she saw an abductor? If so, it's hopeful that the child expert will be able to extract enough information to hunt down a suspect and bring this little girl home where she belongs. There are other possibilities as well; unfortunately, and it's always likely that the sister could have seen something that turns this case upside down entirely. All speculation aside, it's important that police protect the testimony of the child for the solidarity of the case just in case foul play or abduction happened to occur.
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