What’s more painful than losing your baby? The Campbell family thought they lost their baby Charlee after she went missing for 36 hours. It was the most distressing and agonizing hours of their life. They immediately notified the police and everyone was searching for the missing child.
Charlee Campbell was just a typical two-year-old baby girl living in Lebanon Junction, Kentucky with her grandmother. Like any other child, she was enjoying her childhood going around the house and running in their backyard. She was not just loved by the whole family, but the whole town.
As soon as Beth realized that their precious little one was not around their house, she went to her neighbors to ask if they saw Charlee. Every time, her neighbors shook their heads and said “no,” to her painful question, “Have you seen Charlee?” Beth was getting more and more nervous.
The whole neighborhood was in distress searching for her. As the sun started to set, and the night sky was beginning to appear, there was no clue as to where Charlee was. It seems that the word ‘anxious’ would never be enough to describe what they were feeling at that time.
The search continued, and before they knew it they were already two days into the hunt. Charlee’s family worked along with the sheriff’s office to locate her for almost two days, looking for the little girl who, as they believed, had wandered off into the woods nearby.
Though the family was obviously in a catastrophic state, the fact that the little girl was out there in the wilderness was hard to swallow. Only the local authorities went into the woods to search for her because they could not risk putting civilians in the same danger.
The sheriff, together with the police and the firefighters, went in and out of the woods several times, still not giving up on finding Charlee. But they couldn’t help but feel worried when they witnessed and experienced the danger of the wild themselves. The local authorities could not deny that they thought about what may have already happened to the child.
The search crews and FBI agents spent hours Thursday and Friday in the heat and humidity. The terrain was also rocky, dangerous and full of snakes. The police were all equipped and ready to go into the wild and try their luck again when suddenly one of their neighbors reported the news they have been waiting for: Charlee was finally found! However, she was not alone.
Brown told the story to the police in detail, describing the little girl’s appearance when he saw her. “I seen the dirt all over her, and she had leaves in her hair, and I opened the door, and I said ‘Are you Charlee?’ And she handed me this bottle. And I said ‘Are you Charlee?’ She didn’t answer me. She wouldn’t say anything.”
With Charlee’s disappearance, Beth and the whole family did not notice that it was not just the child who went missing. There was someone else who was missing and that they hadn’t noticed.
Penny, her dog, was gone too for 36 hours, and when Charlee was found Penny was found with her, and apparently was with her the whole time.