Inmate fire crews and a Calfire helicopter joined the search early Tuesday for an autistic child from San Francisco who went missing on Mother's Day from her family's vacation home in Clearlake.
Authorities said nine-year-old Mikaela Lynch, who is autistic and does not speak, was seen on a videotape captured from a camera mounted on a neighboring home running down the street Sunday. She is not familiar with the area and needs medication to prevent seizures.
Her Godfather, Mike Dowling, told KTVU that the family is struggling with the girl’s disappearance but “remains hopeful.”
More than 100 searchers combed the neighboring woods and swamplands for the little girl on Monday. Tuesday saw additional resources committed to the search by Calfire and other agencies.
One of the focal points of the search, authorities said, was a nearby creek because the youngster is drawn to water but cannot swim.
"We've searched residents in the area, backyards, and things like that. So far nothing is indicating the child was taken," said Clearlake police Lt. Tim Cellis.
Still, police checked every vehicle leaving the girl's neighborhood to ensure she wasn't inside.
The vacation home where the girl was staying is just a few yards from a wide section of Cache Creek which drains from Clear Lake.
Some neighbors volunteered to join the searchers.
"It's a little girl. She's a baby still and I want to help find her in any way that I can," said Clearlake resident Donelle Layton.
Boats and dive teams spent much of the day in the water. Locals told KTVU it's a difficult place to search.
"They got all these trees overhanging and there's so many alcoves she can be in," said Kyle Scott of Clearlake. "Not an easy place to look."
Mikaela's condition makes her unable to speak. Police said she wouldn't know how to return home or find a safe place.
The area is marshy and filled with mosquitos. Mikaela also doesn't have her medication.
"She does have seizures if she doesn't take those medications, so obviously that's a concern for us," said Cellis.
One woman heard the missing child likes horses, so she took her mustang for a ride hoping Mikaela might respond.
"Hoping if she likes horses, she'll see horses and come out," said Clearlake resident Phoebe Lee. "Maybe I can go places other people can't."
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