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Missing Halifax County girl found after search

Halifax County law enforcement officers converged in the 2000 block of Wilson Memorial Trail in the Vernon Hill community Thursday afternoon to search for Kennedy Smith, a 5-year-old girl with autism, whose mother reported her missing from her house shortly after 3 p.m.

According to Capt. T. E. Logan, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office canine Sidney, along with handler Deputy C. A. Bates V, discovered the young girl walking about a half of a mile from her house about a half an hour after she was reported missing.  

When found, Smith “was fine and carrying a handful of flowers,” Logan said, noting she told officers she had picked the flowers for her mother. 

Smith was returned to her mother safely.