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11/07/04

Search for Missing Girl Extends to Third Day

Taylor is 2-3 feet tall and weighs about 25-30 lbs. She was last seen wearing a lime green shirt and pants. Taylor is 2-3 feet tall and weighs about 25-30 lbs. She was last seen wearing a lime green shirt and pants.
A Liberty County Sheriff's deputy searching for Taylor aims a flashlight into the woods. A Liberty County Sheriff's deputy searching for Taylor aims a flashlight into the woods.

Update 11/08/04: Authorities confirm the body of Taylor Michelle Berry was found today. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Liberty County Sheriff's deputies and community volunteers are desperate to find a missing little girl from Midway, Georgia. They called off their search Saturday night, but plan to resume in the morning.

Around 12:45 p.m. Saturday, two year old Taylor Michelle Berry disappeared from her home on Isle of Wight Road in Midway. She's between two and three feet tall and weighs about 25 to 30 pounds. She was last seen wearing a lime green shirt and matching pants with a design of a snowman and a little girl on the shirt.

Her family feared she may have drowned in a nearby pond. Dive teams spent the weekend scouring the water while searchers combed the woods looking for any sign of Taylor. With the little girl missing, emotions are running high. Police and emergency workers, family members and even total strangers have been looking for 2 year-old Taylor Michelle Berry.

Like most who know Taylor, her grandparents, John and Carolyn Helmey, have been nervous wrecks.

"She's a ball of fire," explained Carolyn Helmey. "It's been very, very stressful."

With their little girl gone, they haven't slept. They're holding on to hope for her return.

"We are praying they find her soon," said John Helmey, "and safe."

"We've been praying and praying and praying," added his wife.

A few neighbors say they saw Taylor walking down a dirt road sometime Saturday. Police focused their Sunday search at a dock where they picked up some sort of scent, behind a house. A search of a nearby pond turned up nothing. Meanwhile, frustrations were building. After 24 hours, and still no sign of Taylor, authorities were asked, why no Amber Alert?

"It makes me aggravated that they haven't put an Amber Alert out," Pam Brammer of Midway told us. "This is a little baby we are talking about. She could be anywhere."

Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin explained Levi's Call, Georgia's version of the Amber Alert, was not activated because police believe she may be lost in the woods. They have no suspects in her disappearance.

While deputies continued to canvass the area, assuming Taylor wandered off; however, the Helmeys aren't ruling anything out.

"We hope this is not the case," said John Helmey, "but if someone has taken Taylor, we ask you to take care of her and get her back to us."

For these people, finding Taylor alive and well will be the only peaceful end to their weekend nightmare.

If you know anything about where Taylor Michelle Berry may be, call the Liberty County Sheriff's Department at (912) 876-2131 or dial 911.

Reported by Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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