VILONIA — An alert went out to parents at the Vilonia School District at about 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, saying a kindergartener was missing and asking that the community assemble at the Vilonia Elementary School to search for the child. The child had reportedly been seen on a bus coming from the Primary and also had been seen transferring at Vilonia Elementary to another bus.
The media was alerted and the child’s photo circulated on Facebook. At least 1,000 people responded, according to Vilonia Police Chief Brad McNew, and filled the parking lot at the school ready to search.
“The parking lots were full,” McNew said. “You couldn’t move around there was so many there to help. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m glad that she was found quickly and the circumstances were good.”
About 6:30, a second call went out announcing that the child had been found safe. The child, according to McNew, rode a school bus to a house that she frequents and at which she had previously been authorized to get off the bus.