Kelowna Mounties ended an exhaustive search for three-year-old Shiah Stenson at 3:30 p.m. when she was located in her home, under the covers of her grandmother’s bed.
“I apologize immensely but I also thank you so much,” said Shiah’s mother Barbara Stenson after the toddler was located by Const. Trish Waugh. “Shiah has no idea what a superstar she has become in the last half hour.”
Mounties started their search just after 1 p.m. with door-to-door canvassing, said Corp. Cam Holloway, explaining they wanted to see if anyone had spotted her and rule out the possibility she’d popped into another house.
While Holloway said they weren’t panicking at the early stage of the investigation, the search did bring in 12 police cruisers, bylaw officers and fire fighters.
So many community members joined the effort, that police even had to shut down neighbourhood streets to make it run smoother.
Barbara called police about the missing girl after her “mother sense” prompted her to look for the child. After the search she found the side door to be unlocked and assumed her daughter got loose. A quick drive through the neighbourhood yielded no results, so she called the authorities. The family had only moved to the new home a few weeks earlier.