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Trooper talks about finding, saving 2-year-old that went missing in South Bristol

New light has been shed on the harrowing rescue of a young girl in Ontario County.

New York State Trooper Brian Hotchkiss told RochesterFirst.com that minutes matter- and another 20 to 30 could have changed the outcome of the entire incident.

Last Saturday the Ontario County 911 Center received a call for a missing girl in South Bristol. The 2-year-old was being searched for by a large group of law enforcement and community-members.

“These missing kids, it can go really bad. It’s time sensitive depending on the time of year, so although it was a nice day the temperature was dropping,” he told RochesterFirst.com.


State police had been called in to help after the search had begun.

It took Hotchkiss and another trooper approximately an hour to climb a mountain near the girl’s home. He said there were streams, ponds, and all of these things that really worried him.

When he got to the top of the mountain that’s when a pink dot could be seen. Dispatch had said earlier that the girl was wearing a pink shirt when she disappeared.

The girl was lying on her stomach on a rock in the middle of a stream. “I ran over as quickly as possible and I saw her arm move,” he explained. “I knew she was alive and my heart just dropped. I was so excited, I ran up, she hugged me immediately. She wouldn’t let go.”

The 2-year-old did not suffer any serious injuries in the incident. She was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation- and is home safe now.



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