Another Florida toddler has vanished, just 50 miles from where little Haleigh Cummings disappeared last Feb. Seven-year-old Somer Thompson disappeared on her walk home from school in Orange Park, Florida, on Monday afternoon. Her family says she was with her sister, brother and friends when she ran ahead towards home and disappeared. The sheriff’s department issued an amber alert for little Somer this morning.
A daylong search for a missing 7-year-old North Florida girl who vanished on her way home from school Monday has produced more than 150 leads, but the child remains missing Tuesday night as I post this, and officials said they suspect foul play. Now, I have just learned that law enforcement contacted Tim Miller from Texas EquuSearch tonight just after 9:00 p.m. Miller will arrive in Florida early Wednesday morning to mobilize his resources to assist law enforcement and the family, in the search for Somer Thomas. More than 100 Clay County deputies, law enforcement officers from neighboring counties, the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement scoured a residential Orange Park neighborhood looking for Somer Thompson. Sgt. Dan Mahla, a Clay County detective, said horses, dogs, divers and helicopters have been used in the search, which began Monday afternoon when the child failed to return home from school. As I write this, Officials have no idea what happened to her. “She is an endangered missing child. We do suspect foul play,” Mahla said. “We believe it is foul play because she did not come home,” he said.
The second-grader is white, 3-foot-5 and 65 pounds. She had brown hair tied in a pony tail with a red bow, and was carrying a purple Hannah Montana backpack and lunch box. Somer was last seen about 2:45 p.m. Monday heading home from Grove Park Elementary School. She was walking with her sister and some friends, but ran ahead of them after they had a spat, detectives said.
The Amber Alert was issued at 9 a.m. Tuesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The alert was not immediately issued for Somer because her disappearance wasn’t witnessed and there was no description of a vehicle. Officers are working 12-hour shifts so they can search for the girl around the clock. Sam Thompson is Somers biological father. “My whole family is just waiting with baited breath to hear one word that they’ve got Somer, and that she’s on her way home. But until then we can’t breathe,” says Thompson who lives in Graham. Thompson and Somer’s mother, Deina Thompson are separated. Somer last lived with Thompson in 2006 in Graham. Let’ hope we can leave all the drama aside and find this missing child. The first 48 hours are crucial. Please stay tuned.