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Missing woman, kids found unharmed

Alissa Widman Neese • Jul 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

A woman gave a community quite a scare Sunday morning after she and three young children were reported missing and discovered four hours later unharmed.


Police received a call at about 7 a.m. Sunday from the woman’s concerned mother, who said she hadn’t seen the group since about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Huron police Chief Bob Lippert said. 


The woman, 51, of Avon Lake, was staying at an Old Homestead rental home in the 200 block of Tecumseh Place with her mother and a friend, Lippert said. The woman’s two children, 4 and 8, and her niece, 6, were the children also reported missing.


More than 100 people searched for them for four hours in the Old Homestead area, including a private beach where they left two bikes and sandals.


“That led us to think they might be in the water,” Lippert said. “We were thinking the worst.”


Huron police and firefighters responded, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat crew and dozens of community volunteers. Many created a chain of people leading into Lake Erie from the beach in case the group was underwater. 


At about 11:30 a.m., however, the search abruptly ended. Someone spotted the woman and children calmly walking down the street toward their rental home. 


“She had decided to stay the night with someone she’d met and was completely fine,” Lippert said. “Even so, the family did the right thing by calling just in case.”


A police report about the incident should be available sometime today, he said.

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