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Missing Staunton Girl Found

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After a search that lasted nearly nine hours, a missing 12-year-old girl from Staunton has been found and reunited with her family.

Police pulled out all the stops Friday in their search for Holly Mello, a mentally disabled girl who was missing since around 8 a.m..

This was the fourth time she has gone missing, and in each incident, she simply wandered away from home.

Augusta County's Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police were at the home of the missing girl along Stayman Lane in Staunton.  They had helicopters, search dogs, and the help of the girl's neighbors, friends, and family.

After a nine-hour search, Holly was found hiding behind a tree in the wooded area behind her house.  She was safe, but just worried she'd be in trouble for wandering away.

Police are looking into getting Holly a tracking device, so if she ever goes missing again, they can locate her much easier.  But for now they're just happy she's home.


Augusta County Sheriff's Office
Press Release

Augusta County Sheriff's Office is currently looking for a 12 year old girl who has walked off from her home on Stayman Lane in Staunton.  She has been missing since 8:00 Friday morning. 

Her description is as follows:  Daria "Holly" Mello

She is a white female with brown hair and brown eyes.  She is 4'11" and weighs approx. 80-85 lbs.  She was last seen wearing blue jeans with a white t-shirt and pink rubber rain boots.  She also may be wearing a dark blue windbreaker with a light blue stripe on the back.

She goes by the name of Holly and is mentally impaired.

Please call our office @ 540-245-5333 with any information.

Thank you for your assistance.

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