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Reena Williams reported missing in Wisconsin

2:30 PM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
  • Reena Williams. Photo courtesy of KARE 11.
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DANBURY, Wis. (KARE/AP) - More than 100 volunteers from the town and nearby communities have joined authorities to search for a missing toddler in Burnett County.

Sheriff's officials say 3-year-old Reena Mae Williams wandered from her home around 7 p.m. Tuesday in the unincorporated village of Danbury in the Town of Swiss.

Jenna Danish, the girl's mother, told KARE 11 Reena was playing with dogs when she disappeared Tuesday evening.

Danish also said her daughter's name is Reena and not Renna as was previously reported by law enforcement officials.

Authorities describe Reena as a white female, with green eyes, and blonde hair, worn in a partial ponytail. She is 3 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs between 30-50 pounds.

Reena was last seen wearing pants, a long-sleeved purple shirt and not wearing any shoes.
Burnett County spokeswoman Dawn Sargent says authorities searched by air and on the ground until about 3 a.m. and resumed the search at daylight Wednesday. Helicopters from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota State Patrol have been used in the search.

The DNR is searching the St. Croix River and Danbury dam, which is two to three miles from the girl's home on the Yellow River.

The family's home is on a peninsula on the Yellow River. It is the only home on the estimated 40-acre peninsula.

The search is in a very rugged and wooded area with a lot of downed trees from the major storms in the area last year. The leftover debris has made the search very challenging.

Burnett County sheriff's office deputy investigator Ron Wilhelm says the FBI will aid in the search for Reena starting at 5 p.m. Wilhelm also said the nearby dam will be opened to let water flow, helping the search should she have fallen into the river.

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