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More than a dozen agencies help in successful search for missing child in Somerset

Crews from Minnesota joined Wisconsin authorities in a massive search Sunday for a missing child in Somerset.

St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson, whose deputies were among those assisting Somerset police in the effort, said the child was found just before midnight. The discovery ended a search that lasted nearly five hours after the 14-year-old girl was reported missing at 7:08 p.m.

Complicating matters was the exodus of thousands of fans departing the annual Northern Invasion concert at nearby Somerset Amphitheater. That intensified the sense of urgency for searchers, knowing that concertgoers would be flooding the streets, Knudson said.

He said the girl, who has special needs, was found less than a mile from the area where she was first reported missing — Belisle Street and Sunrise Drive.

Responding agencies included Somerset, St. Joseph fire, St. Joseph first responders, Lakeview EMS, Stillwater fire, Bayport fire, Osceola fire, United fire, New Richmond fire, Roberts fire, the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office and Somerset police. The Polk County Sheriff's Office deployed an infrared-equipped drone to the scene, while Apple River Hideaway provided buses for transportation and UTVs for searchers.

"It was a cooperative work effort — a very impressive response by fire and EMS service," Knudson said. "They covered a lot of ground."

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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