11-year-old NC girl vanishes after getting off school bus

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Emily Dowdle

Emily Dowdle

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — An 11-year-old girl was last seen Tuesday afternoon after getting off a Catawba County school bus and heading home, officials told WSOC.

Emily Dowdle attends Catawba Elementary School and is 4 feet 11 inches tall, has long, light-brown hair, hazel eyes and wears black-framed glasses.

She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and capri jeans.

Officials said she got off the bus around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The bus driver saw her walk toward the back of her home, which is normal, according to police.

When Emily’s mother got home about 15 minutes later, she couldn’t find her daughter. After a quick search of the area, she called police.

Emergency crews have set up a command center at the school as they search for the girl.

Officials told WSOC on Wednesday that they are handling Emily’s disappearance as a missing persons/runaway case and do not think there has been any foul play.

Contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Department at 828-464-3112 if you have any information.