FBI: Missing 11-year-old North Carolina girl found alive

UPDATE: The FBI announced Wednesday night it had found the missing 11-year-old Catawba County, North Carolina girl.

Emily Jaide Dowdle was last seen Tuesday at about 2:45 p.m. after the school bus dropped her off along Hudson Chapel Road, according to the FBI.

She was reported missing by a family member 45 minutes later.

“Emily was located within the last half hour in a wooded area near her home. She is safe and will be checked out by medics. Our thanks go out to hundreds of law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders. Additional details will be released when appropriate, likely sometime tomorrow morning,”  the FBI said in a statement on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WRIC) — Search crews are continuing to look for a missing 11-year-old girl in Catawba County, North Carolina.

Emily Dowdle, who attends Catawba Elementary School, has been missing since she got home from school Tuesday afternoon.

Police say Dowdle got off the school bus in front of her house around 2:15 p.m. But when her parents came home, she was gone.

Search crews are using flashlights and bloodhounds to canvass the area.

Dowdle is described as being 4’11” with long light brown hair, hazel eyes, and wears dark-framed glasses. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and capri jeans.

If you have seen Emily or know any information, you are asked to call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-3112.

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