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Missing toddler and dogs found safe in Menominee County

FAITHORN TOWNSHIP, MI— A 2-year-old girl who went missing in Menominee County Wednesday has been found safe.

Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post say around 8 p.m., troopers were dispatched to a residence in the Faithorn area on a report the girl had walked away from her home with two family dogs.

An extensive search effort was launched, including drones, multiple police K-9 teams, search and rescue, police, and local citizens. Assets and personnel from surrounding counties in Michigan and Wisconsin assisted in the search.

A local citizen on an ATV found the girl near midnight, about three miles from her home. She was asleep, using her smaller dog as a pillow while the larger one stayed nearby.

She was checked by medical staff and appeared to be in good health.

Troopers say cooperation and coordination by various government and volunteer agencies, in conjunction with community efforts, contributed to the successful outcome.

The Michigan State Police would like to thank everyone involved with locating the young girl.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.