A partially deaf 12-year-old girl in Orange, Conn., has gone missing and the FBI have joined local police in searching for her.
Isabella Oleschuk was last seen on Saturday night at home. Her hearing aid was left behind, which has left those looking for her concerned that she might not be able to hear rescuers calling out her name as they comb the woods with dogs, knock on doors and search by air.
Isabella was reported missing early Sunday morning by her parents. A Silver Alert has been issued, which indicates authorities are characterizing her disappearance as “mysterious,” but not necessarily a kidnapping. (Amber Alerts are issued when an abduction is suspected.) Fliers posted around her hometown say she is an “endangered runaway.” However, some connected to the family say they feel she has been taken.
The FBI, fire and police departments, State Police, police cadets have spread out over the town of less than 14,000 people to search for her. One person is said to have spotted a couple about a mile from Isabella’s home on Sunday morning and said the female looked like Isabella, and she was accompanied by a young male. The police chief in Orange said they were holding hands and there “didn’t appear to be any kind of distress.”
A prayer vigil was held for her at her family’s church on Monday.
Isabella is described as 5’4″ and 120 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a light blue jacket and black rain books. Anyone with any information is asked to called Orange Police at (203) 891-2130.