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'Missing' toddler fools Swedish police

The Local/pvs · 19 Sep 2011, 11:57

Published: 19 Sep 2011 11:57 GMT+02:00

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"The girl was asleep under the blankets when the dog jumped up on the bed and started barking," said Helena Ralmark at Skåne police to the local Ystads Allehanda daily.

The girl was reported missing while her parents were busy cleaning their home in the rural town of Sjöbo in central Skåne.

The mother reported seeing a shadow pass by the window and when little girl could not be located in the house, the alarm was sounded.

The child was unclothed at the time and as it was a cold day in Sjöbo the police gave the case a high priority and initiated a massive search operation.

The more than 60 police officers, a helicopter, and sniffer dogs that joined in the hunt on Saturday were joined by a number of local residents eager to help in any way that they could as the news of the girl's "disappearance" spread around the neighbourhood.

The search continued for several hours before the police dog found the girl sleeping, peacefully in her bed.

The police concluded that the girl must have moved around the house during the search, evading detection and seemingly engaging in a game of hide and seek.

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"It's a little curious that she managed to move around while so many participated in the search. She must have been very careful," Helena Ralmark said.

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Your comments about this article

13:14 September 19, 2011 by karex
Wow, she's good!
14:17 September 19, 2011 by bcarroll
That's adorable. I hope that the police will not send her parents a bill.
15:43 September 19, 2011 by Svensksmith
Another good place to hide is in the bathrooms at IKEA stores.
18:13 September 19, 2011 by Jules
More like nobody checked her bed properly and she was there all the time. Both parents and police rushing to conclusions and now making excuses to avoid a large helping of egg on face.
21:43 September 19, 2011 by colombianska_tjej
Completely agree with Jules. Did no one really looked in the bed?
22:07 September 19, 2011 by virgoman
Very funny indeed. Anyways, the little girl made ''more than 60 police officers, a helicopter, and sniffer dogs'' busy for several hours. This tells everyone how Swedish Police FUNCTIONS. They really need a ''FUNCTION'' to produce ''X''
23:20 September 19, 2011 by wxman
A two year old effectively hides from several law enforcement professionals? You folks have got real security issues that need to be addressed soon.
08:32 September 20, 2011 by karex
And don't forget, it wasn't the police or the parents who found her, it was one of the dogs..
10:53 September 20, 2011 by Nilspet
If the police dog weren't there, would they have found her at all?
07:57 September 21, 2011 by orangetree
It is time to tide up ! Thats why Ikea is for!
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