Missing Catawba girl walks out of woods, said to be ok

Emily Jaide Dowdle - Picture courtesy of the FBI's Charlotte Division
Emily Jaide Dowdle – Picture courtesy of the FBI’s Charlotte Division


Dowdle has been located safe.  Sources report she walked out of the woods behind her house Wednesday night.


The Catawba Police Department, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are seeking assistance to locate a missing 11-year-old girl. Emily Jaide Dowdle was last seen on September 27, 2016, at approximately 2:45 p.m. along Hudson Chapel Road after being dropped off by the school bus. She was reported missing by a family member via a 911 call to Catawba County Communications at approximately 3:30 p.m. She was last seen wearing a pink long sleeve shirt with a print design on the front, blue jean capris, pink nike tennis shoes. She wears black horned-rim eye glasses. Anyone with information on Emily’s whereabouts should call 828-241-2111.

The following law enforcement agencies are also assisting in the ongoing investigation; the Newton Police Department, the Hickory Police Department, and the Claremont Police Department.

An investigative road block will be conducted near the girl’s home this afternoon to speak to drivers who travel that area who may have information that can lead to Emily.


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