"We walked everywhere last night," Deanna Garrow said.
Garrow, 17, is running on very little sleep. She and dozens of Rutland residents spent the night searching West Proctor Road by flashlight for a little girl.
"I just don't feel right sitting at home when there could be a young girl out there bleeding for help," Garrow said.
"The search hasn't stopped since this call came in at 4:30," Vt. State Police Lt. Reg Trayah said.
Police say a motorist called 911 Thursday evening after a 6-to-7-year-old child approached her car, injured and scared.
"The caller tried to detain the juvenile there, at her vehicle, but the juvenile ran off into the woods," Vt. State Police Capt. David Covell said.
The caller said the girl's name was Angel or Angela. She had straight brown hair and was missing her left front tooth.
Aerial and ground searches are being conducted within a 1.5 mile radius of West Proctor Road and Business Route 4, the intersection where the girl was last spotted.
Police would not comment on the extent of her injuries or if they suspect foul play. But they say the searches did not turn up any evidence, and it's a bizarre scenario to be searching for a child that no one has reported missing.
"We have no reports from either locally or in the Northeast of a missing juvenile matching this juvenile's description," Covell said.
For that reason, police cannot activate an Amber Alert. Search teams and canine units continue to scour abandoned homes and wooded areas, eliminating them one by one.
"They're really going out there and calling her name, trying to be as friendly as possible so she'll actually respond to us and help us locate her," Trayah said.
Authorities say they're going to continue to evaluate the case and it's tough to predict what direction the search will take. Residents like Garrow say they want to continue to help.
"I think I'm going to ignore work today and not give up on her," Garrow said.
Searchers were sent home for the night Friday evening, and police announced they are scaling back the search for the child.
Police say they are also trying to find a possible second witness to the reported incident. He's described as a white male, in his 20-30s, with shoulder length hair in dreadlocks. They say he was seen parked across from business Vermont Route 4A in a white truck with a white cap during the timeframe the girl was seen. The truck had Oregon plates.
The child is described as a white female, with dark brown, straight, shoulder-length hair, and she was missing her left front tooth. She was last seen wearing a red skirt, white T-shirt, white flip-flops and a mood ring.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the state police barracks in Rutland at 802-773-9101 or to submit an anonymous tip to www.vtips.info.
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