CATAWBA CO., NC (FOX 46) - UPDATE: 9/28/16 (9:43 p.m.) - Emily Dowdle, 11, who was reported missing by her parents after getting off the school bus Tuesday afternoon has been found.
Emily was located around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area near her home.
Authorities said she is safe will be checked out by medics.
"Our thanks go out to hundreds of law enforcement, fire fighters, and other first responders. Additional details will be released when appropriate, likely sometime tomorrow morning," Shelley Lynch, FBI Charlotte Division said.
*MISSING CHILD UPDATE* Emily Dowdle has been located and is Safe! Thank You to all of those who assisted in spreading the word!— Conover Fire Dept. (@ConoverFire) September 29, 2016
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Catawba County Schools announced Tuesday a parent of one of their students is asking the public for help.
Their daughter, Emily Dowdle, has gone missing from her home after getting off of the school bus after 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, September 27.
The 11-year-old attends Catawba Elementary School. Emily is described as 5 feet tall, has long light brown hair, hazel eyes, and wears black framed glasses.
She was last seen wearing a pink shirt with an unknown design and capri jeans.
One of Emily's parents contacted administration Tuesday afternoon and reported that Emily was not at home and was missing. The parent asked school administration to reach out to other school families for help.
Catawba County Schools contacted school families and got law enforcement involved; however, Emily is still missing.
The FBI and NC State Bureau Investigation is now involved. FBI told FOX 46 Charlotte they appreciate volunteers wanting to help but don't need the assistance in the search. Two separate dog searches took place Wednesday morning.
FBI said the hotline has been flooded with calls for volunteer help but they want it to stay open for tips only: 828-241-2111— Logan Sherrill (@LoganFox46) September 28, 2016
The Catawba Chief of Police Duane Cozzen says the case is still considered missing/runaway, no foul play.
Chief Cozzen said Emily had missed 8-9 days of school, thought to be skipping. He said she doesn't have a cell phone.
"Her mom & dad love her. Her sister too" -Chief Cozzen— Logan Sherrill (@LoganFox46) September 28, 2016
Police are in the process of interviewing students at Catawba Elementary school.
Police plan on an investigative road block between 2-4 pm on Hudson Chapel Rd also another area sweep set for the same time.
A small group is outside the FD saying a prayer for the safe return of 11-year-old Emily Dowdle. pic.twitter.com/v8ul5dAhDJ— Logan Sherrill (@LoganFox46) September 28, 2016
A K-9 unit from West Virginia just arrived on scene to assist in the search for 11-year-old Emily Dowdle. pic.twitter.com/HuO3SGtFwU— Logan Sherrill (@LoganFox46) September 28, 2016
In the event you have any information about her whereabouts after 2:40 p.m. on Hudson Chapel Road Tuesday, please contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Department at 828-464-3112 and ask for Chief Duane Cozzen or Brandon Styers.