Missing Student Found After Three Hour Search
February 21, 2013
A middle school student was located by a K-9 team Wednesday in Walnut Hill, about three hours after she ran away from the school campus.
Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies and Ernest Ward staff and faculty unsuccessfully searched the school campus and the surrounding area, including the nearby Bradberry Park and a wooded area between the school and the park.
K-9 teams from the Century Correctional Institution and the Escambia County Road Prison responded to assist in the search. Just before 6 p.m., the Century CI K-9 team located the 12-year old girl where she had crossed through a wooded area east of the school behind the Walnut Hill Post Office, about 150 yards from the school campus.
The sixth grader was apparently unharmed; she was taken to a Pensacola hospital to be evaluated as a precaution.
Pictured top: Sgt. Burley Townson (left) and Ofc. Jamie Sanders (right) from the Century Correctional Institution K-9 team search for a missing student near Ernest Ward Middle School Wednesday afternoon. Pictured inset: The student was reported missing following a P.E. class at Ernest Ward Middle School. Pictured below: The girl was found through a wooded area about 150 yards from the campus. NorthEscambia.com exclusive photos, click to enlarge.