“We are beyond happy,” Jones wrote in a text message about the discovery of the girl.
Multiple agencies and hundreds of volunteers had searched remote woods with a creek running through it.
A member of the search team that found the girl told media outlet WRBL-TV that they were searching the woods when they heard a dog bark, and then the girl “popped her head up” and they saw her bright red hair.
He said the girl drank some Gatorade offered to her and was talking “like it was no big deal” what she had been through. The station reported that the dog initially ran away when rescuers approach, but later came home on its own.