Missing girl, 4 1/2 , target of search near Ellicott City

October 01, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

With the aid of bloodhounds and a state police helicopter, about 75 police officers and firefighters combed farm fields and woods near Ellicott City last night looking for a missing 4 1/2 -year-old girl, authorities said.

The search for Alexandria Zirschky was expected to continue through the night. The temperature at 11 p.m. was about 60 degrees, and searchers were concerned about lower temperatures overnight.

Alexandria, whose nickname is Lexie, was out for a walk with her mother and a 1-year-old sibling shortly after 6 p.m. They were walking on a path in a wooded area near Manor Lane when the mother noticed that Alexandria had apparently wandered off, said Sgt. Steve Keller, a Howard County police spokesman.

The child's mother ran to the family home in the 3800 block of Manor Lane and called police, who immediately began a search.

Police said the girl wandered off in a remote area with streams, fields and pockets of heavy woods. As of midnight, there was no sign of her, police said.

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