Skip to main content

Missing 4-year-old girl found after late night search

More than 150 volunteers joined the search after the girl went missing near a cornfield.
  • Author:
  • Updated:

A disappearance of a 4-year-old girl sparked a massive response in a southeast Minnesota town Tuesday night, who turned out in droves to search for her.

Fortunately the girl was found safe, but not before an hours-long search that saw more than 150 volunteers and six different agencies – including a State Patrol helicopter and drones – help to find her.

As KSTP reports, the girl went missing from her home near Kenyon, Minnesota just after 6:30 p.m., when she was playing in the yard with her father and brother before chasing a cat into the cornfield.

Volunteers combed the fields near the house but concerns grew as the hours past without her being found.

At 2 a.m., around seven hours after going missing, she was found by a family member who was searching along a road when the girl walked out of a ditch.

Addressing the volunteers after the girl was found, Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said: "Words can't say enough how much I appreciate you all being here tonight.

"Thank god we got a good resolution." 

"She has been checked out, she's smiling, she's just mad she lost the cat," he added.

Next Up

flickr - gov tim walz - mn senate dfl

Overturning Roe v. Wade won't do a 'damn thing' to prevent abortions, Walz says

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Saturday meant to protect abortion access in the state and people who come from out of state seeking one.


Man crossing Highway 13 in Burnsville fatally struck by driver

The victim is a 31-year-old man from Prior Lake.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 7.50.33 AM

4 shot near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 7.55.28 PM

Charges: Cop feared for his life during struggle for gun with suspect

Allen Denzel Oliver-Hall has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Burnsville, Minnesota - May 2019 (2)

Shootout near Erik's Bike Shop, Lunds & Byerlys in Burnsville

Police say youths were shooting at each other on Saturday afternoon.

minnesota river

Fishermen find body floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

The body was found upstream from Minnesota River Heritage Park.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 11.01.17 AM

Woman breaks free after being kidnapped and taken to Brooklyn Park

The woman was taken by force as she arrived at her work in Plymouth.


How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction

The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.



Missing 6-year-old boy found safe after late-night search

The boy sparked a major search effort on Tuesday evening.

Maddir Jungbauer

UPDATE: Missing 11-year-old girl found safe

The 11-year-old went missing on Saturday.

Caressa may

Missing 12-year-old Minneapolis girl found safe

She went missing on Sunday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2021-09-06 at 7.01.39 PM

Search teams find body of missing 2-year-old in Edina

More than 150 people had been searching the area since the toddler disappeared Monday.

Ethan Broad

Man arrested for murder of missing 19-year-old woman

Dystynee Avery went missing more than two weeks ago.