Police started of their search for Gabriella from the campsite in Oscoda Count and even urged people to volunteer through their social media handle.
Gabriella’s pink jacket has been found several hundred yards south east of where she went missing. That means she’ll be in the gray shirt. Thanks to neighbors who are on the lookout…call dispatch with info. If you find clothing, please don’t touch (to keep your scent off).— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) July 15, 2019
The matter got more serious when the police found Gabriella’s pink jacket some 100 yards southeast of where she went missing. More than 50 searchers, an assigned emergency team and 10 K-9 teams were trying to find the little girl Tuesday morning.
MSP, the Oscoda County Sheriff's Office, and the DNR are mounting a search for 2-year-old Gabrielle Vitale. She wandered from her camp site on Reber Rd west of M-33 this morning, and hasn't been seen since. Anyone with info should contact police ASAP. pic.twitter.com/6mnDjuftO5— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) July 15, 2019
After the ongoing search of more than 24 hours, Gabriella was found alive and well around 11:30 a.m. Investigators said that Gabriella walked up to a residence between a quarter mile and a half-mile away from the command center. The search ended on Tuesday as the residents informed the police as soon as they recognized the child from news. Residents said Gabriella was “alive, well and healthy” when she showed up at the cabin.
The amount of volunteer Search and Rescue teams who’ve reported to the command center is remarkable. Plans are being made for overnight and first thing in the morning. Keep Gabriella and her family in your thoughts as the search continues. pic.twitter.com/49Mw29Qa8Y— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) July 16, 2019
Gabriella’s mother expressed her appreciation and said in a statement: “Thank you to the numerous public safety officers and the once who helped to locate our girl. We’re forever grateful to the Fairview Community.”
What a trooper! The searchers are all clearing and the command center is packing up. pic.twitter.com/cUnUGN6dza— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) July 16, 2019