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Maryland Natural Resources Police Search for Missing Eleven Year Old

Kennedyville, MD - On July 24, 2009, approximately 4:30 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) received a call from the Cecil County 911 Center about a boat accident where an 11 year old female is missing. The boat accident occurred on the Sassafras River near Ordinary Point, Kennedyville, Maryland. An extensive search of the area was conducted until approx. 11:30 pm on July 24, 2009 and was suspended to give searchers a break. The search resumed at first light on July 25, 2009, and is being conducted by NRP, Coast Guard, and MSP aviation and area volunteer fire companies. The area is being surface searched by three NRP twenty five foot patrol vessels and Coast Guard 25’ vessel from Station Still pond. These units are being assisted by volunteer fire companies from Galena, Betterton, Chesapeake City, Cecilton, Northeast, and Hacks Point. The NRP Special Operation Division is employing side scan sonar and K-9 units to attempt to locate the victim. The Natural Resources Police Special Operation Division is conducting the investigation into the accident.

   July 24, 2009

Contact: Sgt. Art Windemuth

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 249 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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