WATSON, Ill. (WTHI) - Seven year old Willow Long was last seen Sunday morning in Watson, Illinois. Police believe she may have wandered away from home.
Since her disappearance, hundreds of volunteers have come out to search. Officials said the numbers easily surpass 400. That number includes people from Watson and many from outside the area.
Search parties are using all the resources they can to search a 20 mile square radius near Long's home. They're using horses, ATV's and even some airplanes.
Some of the volunteers have been looking since Sunday.
"We just hope that she comes home and we hope that people are out there praying for her, and her family, and that she's home safely, and everything just turns out ok," volunteer, Rhonda Goeckner said."
As before mentioned, law enforcement believes Willow Long wandered away from her home. They say for that reason, an Amber Alert has not been issued as of yet.
"The reason the Amber Alert has not been put out, is because we don't feel that there has been an abduction." Effingham Sheriff, John Monnet told News 10.
The sheriff's department would file for the Amber Alert with Illinois State Police, who would then issue it out. Monnet does believe that an alert may eventually be issued, if they do not find Long soon.
If you have any information about the disappearance of Willow Long, please call the Effingham Sheriff's Dept. The number is (217) 342-2102.
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