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Search for Missing 5-Year-Old Girl on CT River Expands

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –State police helicopters flying back over the Connecticut River probing for a sign, any sign of the 5 year-old-girl who  slipped and fell into it while visiting family at a home on South Hadley’s cove island rd. Saturday night.

Today, Springfield’s fire department joined the efforts.

Springfield Fire Dept. and Agawam Fire Dept. put boats in the water this morning around 8:30. We’re going to call it a day after 5 hours. That’s enough, the crews need to get back,” said Dennis Leger, Executive Aide to Springfield’s Fire Commissioner.

Since Saturday night these efforts have been fruitless, as South Hadley and Holyoke have come up empty looking through muddy, high, choppy waters.

Crews extended their search from just the South Hadley area all the way past the memorial bridge to the CT line. Leger says he can’t remember a time he’s seen a search this extensive. “Someone would be found by now. It’s just this time of year that makes it a little more difficult. Obviously they’re going to keep looking until they find this girl, it could be 5 minutes from now, but they have no way of knowing,” he stated.

Leger says crews will have an easier time looking once it stops raining and the river recedes.

Crews plan on continuing the search tomorrow.

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