Reporting Reg Chapman
ELK RIVER, Minn. (WCCO/AP) – Over 260 volunteers helped authorities search for a missing girl in Elk River Saturday.
Daisy Jo Holland went missing Friday around 8 p.m. from the extreme northern edge of the Wapiti Park campgrounds. She was at the park with her mother, two other adults and five other children. She was last seen playing close to a creek, which feeds into Elk River, with the other children as the adults set up camp.
Daisy is 2-feet tall, 30 pounds and has shoulder length blonde hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a “Hello Kitty” shirt, black pants and was barefoot at the time of her disappearance.
Tuck Wouley is a close family friend who came from Zimmerman to help with the search.
“The family’s just a great, great family,” Wouley said. “It’s gotta be tearing them apart to go through all this.”
Strangers, like Jayme Swenson of Elk River, offered prayers and their Saturday to help find Daisy.
“The family, if they have any guilt for not watching her, I hope that’s not the case. I can only feel inside what they can feel. I’m a mom,” Swenson said.
Justin Kirschman of Columbia Heights has a daughter who is about Daisy’s age.
“This is Hazel, and I can see her running off because that’s all she wants to do,” Kirschman said.
Big Lake Police Lt. Sam Olson says the search is not considered a recovery mission.
“We’re still positive we are going to find this girl,” Olson said.
Elk River Police Chief Bradley Rolfe called off the foot search late Saturday afternoon. He says they have covered a two-mile radius and figure a two year old couldn’t have wandered farther than that.
Air, water and land searches resume Sunday.
If you have any information about this case, call the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office at 763-765-3595.