SPENCER — Authorities in Owen County are searching for a missing 1-year-old girl believed to be in danger.
Emergency crews from multiple agencies have been searching for 14-month-old Shaylyn Ammerman since Wednesday, March 23. Shaylyn is described as 20 inches tall, 20 pounds, blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing white zip-up pajamas with an owl design and carrying a “Winnie the Pooh” blanket.
She was in the care of her grandmother and father Tuesday, March 22, according to Indiana State Police. The mother and father are not together but share custody of Shaylyn.
Tamara Sue Morgan, the girl’s grandmother, told police she put Shaylyn to bed and last checked on her around midnight Tuesday in a home in the 400 block of West Jefferson. When Morgan checked the crib in the morning, she told police the child was gone. Police and search and rescue crews have been looking for the girl since around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
A search is underway across the small town of Spencer. ISP says crews used sonar to check the White River. A cemetery near the home was searched, police say. An ISP chopper is on scene and K-9 units are combing the area for clues.
Police said several people were at the home the night Shaylyn disappeared. Officials said they have interviewed several witnesses including family of little Shaylyn.
On Thursday, March 24, 50 to 60 law enforcement officers were joining the search. DNR, state police and other county agencies were expected to be involved. Police say they will continue to spread out all over the county to find Shaylyn.