UPDATE (Tuesday, 8:35 a.m.):

Albany County Undersheriff Rob DeBree says deputies were first notified of a missing child in the area of the Vedauwoo Beaver Ponds at about 5:20 p.m. Monday after the missing 3-year-old walked away from her aunt.

The aunt searched the immediate area unsuccessfully, then notified authorities.

DeBree says five Albany County Sheriff's deputies responded immediately and Flight for Life out of Cheyenne arrived on scene to assist with the search.

"We activated a lot of resources real quick," DeBree says. 


Original Story:

A child reported missing Monday evening in a popular recreation area east of Laramie was found about an hour after Albany County Search and Rescue personnel were called in to assist with the search.

According to a news release from the Albany County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team, agency personnel deployed to search for the child in the area of the Vedauwoo Beaver Ponds a few minutes before 6 p.m. Monday.

The agency says the child was found at 7 p.m. with the assistance of hikers in the area. The child was safely returned to her family. No other details were available Monday night.

Members of the Albany County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service and Laramie Fire Department worked with the 14 search and rescue personnel to conduct the search.