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A bloodhound on Tuesday sniffed out a 12-year-old Natrona County girl who had been missing about 19 hours, a sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday morning.

The girl, Brianna Weinert, went missing shortly before 10 p.m. Monday. She spent the night outside and on Tuesday morning the sheriff’s office announced a search for her. Law enforcement located her shortly before 4:30 p.m.

When Weinert was found Tuesday, she had no medical issues and the sheriff’s office does not believe her disappearance involved any criminal activity.

A half-dozen agencies participated in the search for her near Cole Creek Road. A dog from the Jefferson County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Office — which the FBI helped source for the search — spent about two hours tracking the area and, at 4:21 p.m., put its nose on the girl, who was obscured by sagebrush and undulations in the terrain, said Natrona County sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Ellis.

Ellis said he expected the girl to be reunited with her family on Wednesday.

In addition to the two sheriff’s offices and the FBI, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Land Management and Casper Fire-EMS assisted with the search. Rising Wings Aviation, a flight school that operates from the Natrona County airport, spent about two hours in the air in an attempt to spot the girl, Ellis said.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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