By Times Staff
ROCKPORT — State police and other emergency personnel have resumed their search this morning for any signs of the 2-year-old Gloucester girl who disappeared shortly after noon Thursday while playing with her mother and her 4-year-old sister on Long Beach.
While Massachusetts State Police dive teams and searchers on land pulled back when darkness fell Thursday night, the Coast Guard cutter Flying Fish remained just offshore in the continuing search for Caleigh Ann Harrison, age 2 years, nine months, and the daughter of Allison Hammond of Washington Street. And a couple of residents tried to aid in the search by walking the beach with flashlights.
Divers were once again preparing to enter the water shortly after 9 a.m. today, while Coast Guard helicopters once again patrolled overhead.
But there remained no sign of the girl, who was last seen wearing a light pink top and darker pink pants.
Authorities have said that Caleigh was apparently playing ball with her sister Elizabeth near the footbridge at Long Beach and Cape Hedge Beach, and, at one point, the ball over a wall. According to police, the girls' mother briefly went to retrieve the ball, and when she looked back, Caleigh had disappeared.
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