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      Missing Newaygo County girl found alive

      Amber Rose Smith, the two-year-old who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon, was found alive Wednesday.

      UPDATED 8:20pm

      Amber Rose Smith, the two-year-old who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon, was found alive Wednesday.

      DNR Conservation officer Mike Wells found her on a two-track road near 12 Mile Road and Cedar Avenue about 1 3/4 miles southeast of her home.

      "I just picked her up, hugged her and ran to the road and gave her to the other officers," said Jeff Ginn.

      She was standing and alert when she was found. She was taken to Spectrum Health Hospital in Big Rapids.

      Amber's mother, Diane, expressed gratitude to the officers who spent nearly 24 hours searching for her daughter.

      "We'd like to thank all the volunteers, all the police officers that were involved in finding our little girl alive and well and she's doing good right now," Diane said. "Very tired, but good."

      Amber went missing Tuesday afternoon when her father said he left the room she was in, and when he came back she was gone.

      He and Diane spent about 30 to 60 minutes searching for her on his own and then called police who immediately began searching with police dogs and a state police helicopter.

      An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday after 11 p.m.

      Nearly 200 volunteers were bused in to help in the search.