Detectives say that it is unlikely that Caleigh Harrison was abducted last Thursday, which leaves only two other scenarios. What appears to be most likely in this case is that the two-year-old Gloucester toddler was swept out to sea, as she was left to build a sandcastle near the water's shore. Past reports indicate that Allison Hammond spaced 50 yards between herself and her two young children before retrieving a ball that had gone out of their play area. When she returned, her two-year-old was missing. The family of the missing tot are adamant in believing someone abducted her, seemingly disregarding the fact that the beach was not yet open, the waves were rough, and the children were left unattended near it.
Detectives claim that there is no evidence to support the theory of abduction, but the family insists that whoever took her could have used the time divers searched the water to drive away. The uncle of Caleigh Harrison even made the specific comment that whomever had her could be in Pennsylvania by now.
With there being no evidence of an abduction, it's likely that she was either pulled out to sea while her mother wasn't watching her, or she was the victim of foul play and the abduction/missing claims are attempts at covering it up. Yes, that latter theory is unpleasant, but it's also not unlikely as previous high-profile missing cases have proven.
Hopefully detectives get to the bottom of this case before attention to it dwindles, but divers are only going to search for one more day. They have found no signs of the tot in the ocean, which believe it or not, is surprising. Officials performed tests to determine where a body would wash had the child been pulled in by the tides, and there have been no discoveries in any of the points of interest. She's been missing for a week now, and with no signs of her in the water, divers and detectives must be perplexedÂ—especially with no evidence supporting the theory of abduction.
Still, Allison Hammond and other family members of Caleigh Harrison are insistent that someone must have abducted her. They're even appearing to be somewhat upset that divers have spent so much time trying to locate a body. That could be due to the denial of the child being deceased, as any family member would be. However, it could also be indicative of other theories that won't be discussed until more evidence is uncovered by detectives.
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