Coast Guard suspends search for missing child in Sassafras River

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing 11-year-old girl in the Sassafras River 5:33 p.m., Saturday.

Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Still Pond, Md., and Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., searched an area of approximately 60 square miles for 25 hours along with crews from the Maryland Natural Resource Police, Maryland State Police and police and fire units from Cecil, Harford and Kent counties.

Coast Guard initially responded to the request for support in the search after receiving notification from the Natural Resource Police at 4:33 p.m., Friday, reporting that the 11-year-old girl was last seen in the Sassafras River near Ordinary Point, in Kennedyville, Md.

“The difficult decision to suspend was made only after an exhaustive effort was made by numerous Coast Guard units,” said Capt. Mark O’Malley, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Baltimore.

Due to the child’s age, her name is being withheld.

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