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Girl's Disappearance Concerns Local Parents

Randolph, Vermont - June 29, 2008

There's still no sign of the Braintree girl missing since Wednesday. An Amber Alert has been issued for 12-year-old Brooke Bennett.

No aerial searches were conducted Sunday because of the weather. But Vermont State Police and the FBI are pursuing leads generated as the result of forensic work done over the weekend.

Her disappearance has her family and friends -- and even total strangers -- desperate for news of her whereabouts. It's especially disconcerting for fellow parents.

"We're always concerned with our family," said Ken Upmal of Berlin, as he stood with his arm protectively guarding 10-year-old son Hunter. "We make a concerted effort to keep an eye on him and what he's doing. I feel very sorry for the parents down there, but I think this is, maybe not a wake-up call, but a notice to all parents about some of the things that are occurring today."

Police are conducting forensic investigations on items of clothing found in Brookfield and on Brooke Bennett's computer. They believe she was planning to get together with someone she met through the online social networking site MySpace.

Kate Duffy - WCAX News

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