KEY POINTS

  • Evelyn Vadie Sides, 4, reportedly was last seen walking her family's dog in a rural area near Loachapoka, Alabama, on Wednesday
  • The Lee County Sheriff's Office said the was no immediate evidence of foul play
  • Helicopter crews, horseback officers and drones were deployed to expand the search area faster

Alabama police searched Friday for a young girl who disappeared allegedly while out walking her dog.

Evelyn Vadie Sides, 4, was reported missing Wednesday after failing to return home in Loachapoka, Alabama. She was last seen walking her family’s dog through a rural area outside of town around 2:30 p.m. under adult supervision. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said the area where she was seen isn’t near her home, but Evelyn reportedly was familiar with it.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Andrew Peacock said Evelyn “essentially just disappeared” during the walk. He said there were no immediate indications of foul play.

Hundreds of local officers were reportedly out Wednesday night to begin widespread search efforts outside of Loachapoka. However, Peacock said it took longer than expected to get the officers in place.

“By the time everyone arrived, we were fighting darkness,” Peacock said.

Officers began searching overnight, but were unable to find anything that could be connected to Evelyn’s disappearance. Efforts increased Thursday as horseback officers, helicopter crews, and drones were deployed to expand the search area faster. 

“They are searching very thoroughly,” Peacock said. “We will continue to search until we find her.”

Evelyn is described as standing 3-feet tall and weighing 40 pounds, has red hair and green eyes, and was reportedly wearing a short-sleeve floral print dress.

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