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Missing 6-year-old from Ironton found safe

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The Iron County Sheriff says she was found off of County Road 134 (Source: Mike Mohundro) The Iron County Sheriff says she was found off of County Road 134 (Source: Mike Mohundro)
(Source: Mike Mohundro) (Source: Mike Mohundro)

IRON COUNTY, MO (KFVS/AP) - Authorities say a 6-year-old girl who was reported missing while deer hunting with her dad was found eight hours later uninjured.

Authorities say 6-year-old Mackenzie Hurt, of Ironton, was checked out by paramedics at the scene and was not found to be hurt. She has been reunited with her family.

According to Sheriff Roger Medley, she was found at 2:15 p.m. Saturday by search crews. They were on four wheelers searching the woods just off County Road 134.

Mackenzie was found several miles from where she went missing.

Sheriff Medley says Mackenzie was out hunting with her dad for the first time.

According to the girl's dad, Bill Hurt, Mackenzie's vest got caught on some limbs around 6 a.m. and came off.

That's when her dad went back to retrieve her vest. When he later turned around to check on her, Mackenzie was gone.

Police say 75 people, tracking dogs and emergency helicopters assisted with the search after the girl's father called for help.

The girl's orange vest and hat were found during the search, and dogs were able to pick up her scent.

Meanwhile, Mackenzie says she was trying to search for her dad as well. The 6-year-old says she even took a nap after walking for a while.

When she got up from her nap, she started looking for her dad again and heard searchers calling her name.

"Being found by a search member was the best moment ever," said Mackenzie.

"I took a nap, and I woke up and I kept trying to find my dad," said Mackenzie. "And, I looked and found him."

Dozens of family, friends and neighbors also joined in the search.

"Thank God she's alive," said Charles Marler, who found Mackenzie. "We were talking about all the wild animals that were out here. Me and my co-workers just jumped up and grabbed her and that was it."

"It's a blessing from God knowing people helped out so quickly," said Bill Hurt, Mackenzie's dad.

Sheriff Roger Medley released this statement Saturday night:

"I would like to recognize and thank all the volunteers who came out and assisted in searching for the lost 6 year child Saturday, November 10th.  She became separated from her father shortly after 6 a.m. Upon notification, the Iron County Sheriff's Office initiated a search.  Many hunters assisted once they found out a child was missing. Also, I would like to thank the following organizations and businesses: Iron County Deputies, Pilot Knob Fire Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, Missouri State Park Rangers, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Corrections K-9 Unit, Iron County Ambulance Personnel, along with local businesses for donating food."

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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