Missing Florida Girl

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Search teams with bloodhounds are searching the area immediately surrounding the home of a missing 9-year-old girl.

For five days investigators and hundreds of volunteer searchers scoured the rural area in Homosassa where Jessica Lunsford disappeared. The full-scale search was suspended yesterday.

Gov. Jeb Bush said at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday in Tallahassee that Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy told him there are no leads that could help them find the girl.

Law enforcement officers will turn to 20 experts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children today to help crack the case. They plan to focus on a three-quarter mile radius area around Jessica's home.

Sheriff office spokeswoman Gail Tierney says the U.S. Postal Service and the missing children's center plan to distribute Wednesday more than 46,000 flyers. On them will be Jessica's name, description and other information about the case in Citrus and part of Hernando counties.

Jessie has not been seen since her grandmother tucked her into bed Wednesday night.


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