UPDATE 10:30 am: According to Dwight D'Evelyn, Victoria was found about three-quarters of a mile from her home. "Victoria was found in good condition – possible frostbite concerns, but alive and well otherwise. She is being flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with her mother. Her dog, named “Blue,” was found with her and was dropped off at the command post in Cordes Lakes."
D'Evelyn noted that having Blue with her probably helped Victoria pull through the cold temperatures during night as well as she did.
D'Evelyn had nothing but praise for the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team volunteers, who stayed out all night in search of the little girl. "They offer a wide variety of expertise," he said.
He also acknowledged the invaluable assistance from the DPS Ranger helicopter that finally found Victoria around 8:30 am this morning.
Update: 8:45 am - Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Deputies have been searching nearly 16 hours since a 3-year-old girl went missing last night. The missing girl’s name is Victoria Bensch and she was found roughly half a mile from her home. She and her dog Blue a Queensland Heeler, were found huddled under a bush.
YCSO dispatch received a call from the missing girl’s parents just after 6 PM last night. The reporting party told deputies their daughter was last seen playing outside on the porch of their home around 5 P.M. They spent approximately an hour searching the area around their home before contacting YCSO. No one at the girl’s home heard anything unusual or suspicious before she was discovered missing. The residence does adjoin State Land where a portion of the search effort took place.
YCSO deputies are assisted by members of the Jeep Posse, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team, DPS, DPS Ranger Helicopter, and Mayer Fire Department personnel.
Thank you to all who aided in the search for Victoria.
Updates are expected to follow...