October 23, 2014

Missing Omaha girl is found safe & sound in Iowa horse barn

A child from eastern Nebraska who was reported missing in northern Iowa early this morning has been found, alive and unhurt.

The Floyd County (Iowa) Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly after midnight that 10-year-old Zannah Garrett of Omaha, Nebraska, went missing, five miles southeast of Charles City.

Deputies say the child had been camping with her 8-year-old brother in the backyard of a house when the parents checked on them, only to find the 8-year-old boy alone.

Deputies responded and immediately searched the area with no luck. Other agencies were called in to help with the search.

Authorities also used the Code Red system to alert residents within the area.

At about 2:30 this morning, a group of public safety searchers located the girl lying on the ground in a doorway of a horse barn about a mile northwest of where she went missing.

She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Deputies say Garrett left her tent to go look for horses that she had seen earlier in the day. No foul play was involved.

By Chris Berg, KCHA, Charles City