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  • Police asking public for help locating man and girl after suspicious incident

  • The search for a man and child in Sunrise Beach has been called off for the time being after police and firefighters were unable to locate them in the woods where they reportedly ran after being approached by a couple offering assistance Thursday morning.
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  • The search for a man and child in Sunrise Beach has been called off for the time being after police and firefighters were unable to locate them in the woods where they reportedly ran after being approached by a couple offering assistance Thursday morning. They searched an area of woods in the village for almost three hours Jan. 31.
    Around 8:30 a.m., Sunrise Beach Police Chief Dave Slavens said a couple driving down Hwy. 5 in the village reported seeing a man and little girl carrying a teddy bear walking along the roadway. Going back to offer assistance, the man and girl reportedly ran into the woods as the couple attempted to stop and offer them assistance.
    While no wrong has been done that law enforcement is aware of, the incident was suspicious enough to warrant investigation, Slavens said, especially in light of the presence of a child.
    No child has been reported missing in the area, and there are no active Amber Alerts.
    Slavens said it's possible the man may have called someone to pick him up.
    Nobody had any sighting of the man and child after they left the highway, he said.
    Police would still like to find them and check on the child's well being. Anyone with possible information is asked to call Sunrise Beach Dispatch at 573-378-5481.
    The man is described as a white male in his mid-40s wearing a dark, maybe black, jacket. He was carrying a small little girl with a teddy bear. The reporting party guessed the little girl to be around 4-5 years old but very small in stature.
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