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Dogs, deputies, searchers deployed; runaway sisters found after 'adventure' in Oneida CountySubmitted: 09/25/2017
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

Dogs, deputies, searchers deployed; runaway sisters found after 'adventure' in Oneida County
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.

The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."

The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.


"It was a warm day. It could have turned into something bad if the girls had been missing for a long period of time and the weather changed, so we're really happy that we were able to bring them home to their parents in a quick manner," said Oneida County Sheriff's Captain Terri Hook.

Temperatures were above 80 degrees with sunny skies on Monday.

The search initially centered around the girls' home on Rolling Woods Drive in the Town of Lake Tomahawk. The children were found on Lakewood Road about six and a half hours after being reported missing. They were about a mile from home.

"They did not take a vehicle. They took clothes. They took things to stay out in the woods with," Hook said.

Members of the Newbold Search and Rescue unit brought several dogs to help in the search.

"They gave us an indication of which way they went, which turned out to be the direction that we found those children in," Hook said.

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