Searchers find girl missing from California campsite
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 1⁄2 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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Nor’easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow
- Device, possibly aerial drone, found on White House grounds
- Blockbuster snowstorm aims northeast
- Suspect identified in missing Georgia couple case
- Orcas could land on endangered list
- Obama to seek protection of wilderness designation for Alaska refuge
- Ramping up e-cigarette voltage may be more hazardous to health
- Santa Ana winds cut power to thousands in Southern California
- Arizona hospital tests brain tumor drugs by giving patients dose, then operating
- Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys
- Some Catholics ruled out as jurors in Boston Marathon bombing case