RUTLAND, Vt. - An active investigation and search for a possible endangered and missing girl in Rutland has been scaled back according to authorities.
On Thursday around 5:17 p.m., Vermont State Police received a report of an endangered girl on West Proctor Road in West Rutland. According to the caller, a young girl approached their car, indicated that she had been hurt, and exhibited physical injuries.
The callers said they were unable to keep the child at the vehicle and the girl, approximately 6-years-old, was last seen running into the woods.
The girl advised her name was "Angel" or "Angela". She is described as a white female, with dark brown straight shoulder length hair, and was missing her left front tooth. She was last seen wearing a red skirt, white t-shirt, white flip flops, and a mood ring.
Police say there are no known reports of missing 6 or 7-year-old girls in the area.
Investigators have also been in contact with the surrounding states and there are no reported missing persons matching the description of the girl in those areas, either.
Detectives are also trying to locate a possible witness to the reported incident. A white male, late 20-30s, shoulder length hair in dreadlocks; who was seen parked across from business Vermont Route 4A in a white truck w white cap, bearing unknown Oregon plates during the same timeframe the juvenile was seen.
The Vermont State Police in Rutland and detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded to the area to begin a search and investigation. Detectives continue to explore all investigatory possibilities and opportunities.
The Vermont State Police and the Rutland Sheriff's Department will conduct strategic patrols in the area throughout the weekend.
The case is an active and ongoing investigation. Detectives with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation continue to explore all investigatory possibilities and opportunities.
At this time, the Vermont State Police are unable to issue an AMBER Alert, as the incident does not meet the criteria for an alert.
"Our department takes all reports of endangered juveniles seriously, and have taken significant steps in locating this potential victim," said Captain Dave Covell, Chief Criminal Investigator. "We encourage anyone in the community that may have information about this case to please come forward to law enforcement to provide information that may aid us in this case."
Anyone that has information regarding this incident, please call the Rutland Barracks at 802-773-9101 or submit an anonymous tip to www.vtips.info. If you come into contact with a child matching this description, please call 911 immediately.
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