Seven-Year-Old Willow Long Goes Missing In Watson, Illinois, Many Agencies Searching, Highlight Hollywood News
On Sunday many agencies joined in the desperate search for a girl, Willow Long, who has been missing since Sunday morning. Effingham County Sheriff’s Department, along with Effingham police and fire departments, Watson, Altamont and Arcola fire departments, Illinois State Police and Homeland Security were helping search for 7-year-old Willow Long of Watson, who was reported missing by her parents at about 10:15 a.m.
They believed she disappeared between 9 and 10:15 a.m., probably walking away from the family home. A helicopter swept the Watson area this evening as nearly 200 volunteers combed fields and stretch of railroad. Infrared is expected to aid in the search as darkness falls. Dogs also have been aiding in the search and Effingham City-County Ambulance has been on standby. Long is 3 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 46 pounds. She has shoulder-length red hair and was last seen wearing a long purple T-shirt.
Anyone with information as to her whereabouts should call the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department at 217-342-2102. A staging area has been set up at the Watson Fire Department. The Red Cross was on hand to bring volunteers and agencies food as they helped in the search for little girl. Although authorities are not seeking volunteers at this time.
On late Sunday evening, Effingham County Sheriff John Monnet said, “We don’t feel there’s foul play, that she just walked off. We’re gonna continue until we find her”. The Sheriff said, however, “it’s been quite a time since she’s been missing, and time is not a good thing.” Monnet said Willow’s mother Cierra Deryke was feeling ill, and was in bed. She got up once to check on Willow and her 3-year old brother, and they were watching TV. She got up later and Willow was gone. She asked her son where Willow was, and the boy pointed toward the front door.
If you have seen Willow, or know of her location, please call the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department at (217) 342-2101.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Effingham County, Illinois Sheriff’s Dept.
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