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By The Associated Press
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 9:36 p.m.
 

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — When parents camping in a Northern California park reported their daughter missing on Friday, a call went out for help.

The efforts of about 200 sheriff's deputies, search-and-rescue workers from neighboring counties, California Conservation Corps members and volunteers — who worked through the night looking for the 9-year-old — were rewarded on Saturday when a searcher on a bicycle heard the girl, Ida Rothschild, “crying for her mom” about 9 a.m. about 2 12 miles from the campsite in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, according to Marin County sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman.

“She was in good spirits,” Pittman said. “She said she was hungry.”

Ida, who was visiting from New Mexico with her family, wandered away from her parents' campsite about 12:15 p.m.

“She said she lost track of where she was” in the park, which is thick with redwood groves, Pittman said. “She could no longer see the campground.”

Ida did not sleep and kept moving throughout the night and morning, hoping she would find her family's campsite.

Paramedics took her to the command post set up for the search, gave her bananas and apples to eat and pronounced her in good condition, except for some scrapes she got from walking against brush.

Ida was soon greeted by her mother and father, who brought along her younger brothers, ages 5 and 2. The reunion was both touching and amusing, Pittman said.

Her mother asked, “Ida, where have you been?”

Ida replied firmly, “Mom, I'm fine,” Pittman reported.

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