State Trooper finds missing Ontario County two-year-old, carries her to safety |

State Trooper finds missing Ontario County two-year-old, carries her to safety

Updated: March 31, 2021 11:12 PM
Created: March 29, 2021 12:50 PM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — A New York State Trooper helped bring back a missing Ontario County girl to safety Saturday.

According to State Police, troopers were assisting the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office in the search for the missing two-year-old in the town of South Bristol.

Troopers say after about an hour of searching, Trooper Brian Hotchkiss found the child sitting on a rock, in the middle of a stream.

Police say the girl was cold, but alert when Hotchkiss carried the girl home.

News10NBC had the opportunity to talk to Hotchkiss Wednesday about the rescue.

"She was lying on her stomach on a rock and I ran over to her quick," Hotchkiss said. "I was calling her name, ran over to her as quick as possible. I saw her arm move and I knew she was alive. My heart just dropped I was so excited and I ran up and she hugged me immediately and she wouldn't let go and I got on my radio and I alerted all the searchers that I'd located her at the top of the mountain."

He says she was soaked, and shivering when he found her, and she just hugged him and started crying.

Hotchkiss says he was just as relieved as she was because they were only about a half-hour away from sundown.

"We got her down to the base as quick as possible and safely as possible where she was treated by the Canandaigua Ambulance and my understanding is transported to the hospital for a basic check over," Hotchkiss said. "Trooper Sterk has wrapped her in his uniform to keep her warm and I'm blessed that it worked out the way it did."

The little girl is ok.

It's safe to say this emotional experience for the family, the community members that got involved, and the search teams is something they'll never forget.

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