Search for missing 2-year-old continues Tuesday morning with more resources

Gabrielle Vitale, 2, disappeared while camping with her family in Oscoda County.
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OSCODA COUNTY (WJRT) (7/16/2019) - The air and ground search for a missing 2-year-old in Oscoda County continued Tuesday morning with additional volunteers and resources.

UPDATE: 2-year-old Gabriella Vitale found safe in Oscoda County woods

The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team joined the search on Tuesday morning. Volunteers also continued coming to offer assistance with the ground search.

Anyone who wants to volunteer was asked to contact the Oscoda County Sheriff's Office at 989-826-3214 so they can be added to a list.

Michigan State Police said Gabriella disappeared around 8:15 a.m. Monday from a campsite in a heavily wooded area on Reber Road near M-33 north of Mio. Searchers found her pink coat several hundred yards away around 6 p.m.

Investigators said Gabriella, who lives in Monroe, had been camping with her family since late last week. Her family told authorities they were packing up their campsite when she walked off into the woods.

Michigan State Police, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Oscoda County Sheriff's Office were coordinating the massive air and land search for her. Troopers called the number of volunteer search crews "remarkable."

State police said Gabriella was last seen wearing the coat, a gray shirt, pink bottoms and tennis shoes.

Anyone searching the area was asked to back away and call police if they found traces of her. The instructions were given in an attempt to preserve evidence.

Anyone with information was asked to call Oscoda Central Dispatch at 989-826-3214.

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