- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on search for missing 1½ year old girl (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The FBI is now assisting in the search of a 1 1/2-year-old girl who went missing from a northern Illinois community late Tuesday.

Will County Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said Wednesday hundreds of police and volunteers have been searching for Semaj (seh’ mahg) Crosby. He noted the search area is large and contains open fields, woods and retention ponds.

Authorities say Semaj was reported missing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Her mother last saw the toddler in the front yard of their home in Joliet Township, a community about 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services last month opened two investigations of the mother for allegations of neglect.

Spokeswoman Veronica Resa said DCFS has been offering services to the family since September 2016. Resa stated in an email that DCFS personnel was at the home shortly before the girl went missing.

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10:25 a.m.

Authorities are going door-to-door, using bloodhounds and drones in a northern Illinois community in search of a missing 1 1/2-year-old girl.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office say Semaj ML Crosby was reported missing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. They say her mother last say the toddler in the front yard of their home in Joliet Township, a community about 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

The intense search involves dozens of people from the sheriff’s department and other agencies. A pond is being searched in the Sugar Creek subdivision and a Cook County helicopter service has provided air search using infrared and heat capabilities.

People are asked to stay away from the area during the search.


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