Missing child found alive in woods

Posted at 12:11 AM, May 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-31 10:15:59-04

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - A missing Central Virginia girl was found after several hours of searching Thursday night. The 11-year-old girl, with special needs, wandered out of her Lawrenceville home around 6:30 p.m.

A frantic search led sheriff's deputies through woods and over water. Several hours later the child was found, less than a mile from her home.

Officials, and the child's mother, said the recovery was due to a Project Lifesaver bracelet the child wears. The bracelet allows police to track not only children with special needs, but also Alzheimer’s patients.

“We've had it on various people, but we've been very fortunate. We've never had to activate it out live," Sheriff Brian Roberts said.

“Oh my God. If it wasn't for that I don't think we would have found here," mother Wanda Burke said.

The little girl was found in the woods near a creek. She was a little wet, but wasn't hurt.