WSAZ Severe Weather Alert

UPDATE: Missing Ironton Girl Found in Woods Alive and Well

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email
Ironton Police say Amber Farmer,14,  was last seen about 4 p.m. Wednesday with her dog near her family

Missing 14-year-old Ironton girl

UPDATE 12/6/2012 @ 6:25 p.m.

IRONTON, OH (WSAZ) ---- Roughly 15 hours after Ironton police were first alerted 14 year old Amber Farmer was missing, the teenager was pulled from the woods on a stretcher.

"She was very glad, she started crying when she recognized who I was." says family friend, Margo Ervin. "She's alert, she's oriented, she's freezing; all in all, she's banged up, bruised and wanting to come home."

Amber was found less than a mile from the Storm Creek Apartment complex in Ironton, Ohio. She had disappeared into the woods, unknown to her family, with a backpack and her dog.

"It didn't know if I'd see her again, "says Stacey Farmer-Stapleton, who's the girl's mother. "I'm grateful for everyone who helped in this search; I'm truly thankful."

Amber was first reported missing around 8:45 on Wednesday night. She was pulled out of the woods, Friday morning, after 10:30. She was taken by ambulance to Cabell Huntington Hospital to be checked out."

UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 11:27 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- As Amber Farmer was being loaded into the back of an ambulance, the community of more than 3 dozen people who showed concern for her safety, broke out in spontaneous applause.

"I'm just so relieved," say Margo Ervin, who aided in the search. "She's cold, scared and bruised, but she's going to be okay."

Ervin says when Amber Farmer heard her parents and volunteers were up the entire night looking for her -- she broke down in tears.

Police say her parents reported her missing about 8:45 Wednesday night when she took her dog for a walk. Neighbors reported seeing her walking toward a wooded area about 4 p.m.

Don Henry is with the Decatur Search And Rescue Squad.

"Shadow, our dog, picked up her scent in the family's apartment," Henry said. "As soon that happened, the dog started walking up the hill and in the woods. An hour-and-a-half later, this story has a happy ending."

WSAZ.com's Bill Murray is in Ironton, Ohio and will have more coming up on Newschannel Three Midday, First at Five and Newschannel at 6 p.m.



UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 10:30 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The 14-year-old Ironton girl that went missing Wednesday night has been found alive and well in the woods.

Family friend Margo Ervin found 14-year-old Amber Farmer in the woods Thursday morning.

Ervin told WSAZ.com that Farmer was found with her dog and a suit case.

When Ervin found her, Farmer began crying and apologize for having everyone so worried, according to Ervin. Farmer told Ervin that she got into an argument with her mother the night before -- and ran away from home.

Farmer was found in a clear area in the woods that was surrounded by thick brush -- making it hard for anyone to see her.

Farmer has been removed from the woods, and is now on her way to the hospital to be checked.

Police say her parents reported her missing about 8:45 Wednesday night when she took her dog for a walk.

Some 30 people joined in the search for Farmer.



UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 10:15 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The 14-year-old Ironton girl that went missing Wednesday night has been found alive and well in the woods.

According to the Ironton Mayor, Amber Farmer has been found alive and well in the woods behind an apartment complex.

Emergency crews are taking ATVs into the woods to bring Farmer out of the woods.

Police say her parents reported her missing about 8:45 Wednesday night when she took her dog for a walk. Neighbors reported seeing her walking toward a wooded area about 4 p.m.

No word if the dog has been found at this point in time.

We have a crew on the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 10:05 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A 14-year-old Ironton girl that went missing Wednesday night has been found in the woods.

According to our crew at the scene, search crews have located Amber Farmer in the woods. Emergency workers are now heading into the woods with a stretcher.

No information is being released about the condition of Farmer.

Some three dozen people were searching an area around an Ironton, Ohio apartment complex for the missing 14-year-old.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 9:15 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Some three dozen people are searching an area around an Ironton, Ohio apartment complex for a missing 14-year-old Ironton girl.

Ironton Police say Amber Farmer was last seen about 4 p.m. Wednesday with her dog near her family's apartment in the 1500 block of Lawrence Street.

Police say her parents reported her missing about 8:45 Wednesday night. Neighbors reported seeing her walking toward a wooded area around 4 p.m.

Wednesday night a Ohio State Patrol helicopter and a K-9 from the Huntington Police Department assisted ground crews in trying to locate the teen.

The ground search for Farmer resumed about 8 a.m. Thursday. It includes volunteers and emergency personnel from several local fire departments and K-9 units.

The apartment complex and wooded area around it have been taped off by police. The search is focused on a 2 to 3 mile area around the complex.

A cousin tells WSAZ.com this is “not like her (Amber) at all.

"We are very concerned for her safety due to the exposure from freezing temperatures," said Captain Chris Bowman said early Thursday morning.

Bowman also tells WSAZ.com that there is "no indication " she is a runaway.

Last night a Huntington Police Department bloodhound tracked the teen through a wooded area before losing the scent along a road.

Farmer was last seen wearing a pink hat and carrying a yellow backpack. She is approximately 5’00” tall, and weighs 110 pounds with brown shoulder length hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ironton Police Department at 740-532-5606 or the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office at 740-532-3525.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/6/12 @ 6:30 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio. (WSAZ) – The search for a missing 14-year-old Ironton girl continues Thursday morning.

Ironton Police say Amber Farmer was last seen about 4 p.m. Wednesday with her dog near her family's apartment in the 1500 block of Lawrence Street.

Police say her parents reported her missing about 8:45 Wednesday night. Neighbors reported seeing her walking toward a wooded area around 4 p.m.

Along with the crews on the ground, an Ohio State Patrol helicopter was brought in Wednesday night to look for her from the sky.

Police say a Huntington Police Department bloodhound tracked the teen through a wooded area before losing the scent.

"We are very concerned for her safety due to the exposure from freezing temperatures," said Captain Chris Bowman.

Farmer was last seen wearing a pink hat and carrying a yellow backpack. She is approximately 5’00” tall and weighs 110 pounds with brown shoulder length hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ironton Police Department at 740-532-5606 or the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office at 740-532-3525.

Agencies assisting in the investigation and search include the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence County Prosecutors office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Huntington Police Department, Hanging Rock Police Department, Lawrence County EMS, Ironton Fire Department, Coal Grove Fire Department, and the Upper Township fire department.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WSAZ NewsChannel 3 645 Fifth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 304-697-4780 WSAZ Charleston 111 Columbia Avenue Charleston, WV 25302 304-344-3521
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 182344361 - wsaz.com/a?a=182344361