Posted at: 05/24/2013 10:01 PM
Updated at: 05/26/2013 1:32 PM
By: Scott Theisen
Authorities are continuing to search for a 2-year-old girl who went missing from Wapiti Park Campground in Elk River Friday night.
Police say Daisy Jo Holland was last seen playing near the Elk River around 8:15 p.m. while at the campground with her mother and family members as they prepared to camp for the weekend. The campground is located at 18746 Troy St.
Land, air and water searches have been conducted and are continuing. Authorities told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the river is muddy, higher than normal, and visibility is about one foot. Infrared cameras were used and choppers scoured the area overhead, but there has been no sign of Daisy Jo.
Around 3 p.m. Saturday, authorities sent home the 260 volunteers that had gathered at the campground.
Early Saturday, the focus of the search shifted to an area along the river bank where search dogs picked up a scent about 200 yards from where the family was camping. A dive team has been called in to search the river.
Daisy Jo is described as 2-feet tall and about 30 pounds with blue eyes and shoulder-length blonde hair. She was last seen wearing black pants and a pink shirt imprinted with "Hello Kitty."
Saturday was also Missing Children’s Day in Minnesota, which is part of a national effort to raise awareness about missing and exploited children.
State officials say 9,477 children ages 17 and under were reported missing in Minnesota last year. These children could be runaways, abducted by family members or acquaintances, or otherwise missing. Most, but not all missing children are located within a matter of days.
Events to commemorate the day took place across the state.
Missing Children Minnesota and the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center hosted a "Make Noise for Missing People" event in Minneapolis.
Saturday was also National Missing Children's Day, which began in 1983.
Anyone with information on Daisy Jo's location is asked to call Sherburne County Dispatch at 763-765-3595. To volunteer, call 763-241-2500.