Young Amish girl found after a night in freezing temperatures

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | 11:22 a.m. CST

VERONA — An Amish girl spent the night outside in freezing temperatures after a horse spooked as her parents were loading her into a buggy.

Four-year-old Hannah Yoder was not inside the buggy when it was recovered Sunday night near her family's home in the southwest Missouri town of Verona.

A massive search involving several law enforcement agencies ended Monday morning when a passer-by spotted Hannah in a ditch near the intersection of Missouri 39 and a county road, about a half-mile outside of Verona.

The girl was taken by ambulance to an Aurora hospital to be checked out. But the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that she is expected to make a full recovery.


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