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VIDEO: Asst. Chief Addresses Press about Missing Girl

Asst Police Chief Edward Koether talked to the press at 5:35 p.m. from the parking lot of Temple Emanuel on Derby Avenue.

After a long day of searching for 12-year-old Isabella "Bella" Oleschuk in Orange, the Asst. Police Chief briefed the press on the day's events.

Here is his statement:

At about 8:18 a.m. the police department received a call from the parents that their 12-year-old daughter, Isabella, was missing from the home. Police were sent to the home and did a brief search of the house and began notifying area patrols  and area towns that we had a missing 12-year-old.

The Lieutenant on duty contacted the CT state police, who sent their K-9 Patrol to search the area. The area behind the home is a wooded area, which was searched with k-9s and a blood hound not long after that.

The state police search and rescue team is out now with their K-9 also searching the area. We've solicited the help of the area fire department the West Shore Fire Department from West Haven and our own CERT team who are currently doing searches.

We've also been in contact with the FBI and they are speaking with our detectives now.

We don't have any indication of foul play, but we are covering every angle.

We've been on the scene since early this morning and will continue to search until we come to some kind of a resolution.

Koether acknowledged that the girl may have a hard time hearing rescuers calling her name. (Sources said she left her house without her hearing aid)

Police and other rescue workers are searching every business, wooded area and other possible place where she could be.

David Peterson March 21, 2011 at 05:30 PM
I want to help, put me to work finding this girl. David Peterson
Jodi March 21, 2011 at 10:43 PM
I pray for her safe return. Dear God please be with her and her family at this difficult time. Please bring her home safely to her family. AMEN
Jodi March 21, 2011 at 10:44 PM
NICE! Its nice to see people do care!

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