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Mass. Police Search For Toddler Missing From Beach

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State police have suspended their air and water search for the day off Rockport, where a 2-year-old girl suddenly disappeared Thursday while visiting Long Beach with her family.

Police Spokesman David Procopio says they will resume their search Saturday morning.

"We will dive some rocky outcroppings in and around the edges of Milk Island tomorrow in an attempt to just clear those areas for as long as weather permits," Procopio said.

Police including divers, searched near a Massachusetts beach for Caleigh Anne Harrison of Gloucester, who apparently disappeared when her mother went to retrieve a ball that bounced over a wall.

Police say Harrison was reported missing around noon Thursday on an outing with her mother and 4-year-old sister on Long Beach in Rockport. Her mother said she lost sight of the girls for about two minutes, and Caleigh was gone when she returned.

At midday Friday, the Coast Guard suspended its search of 248 square miles of nearby waters, calling it "an unfortunate and frustrating case."

Authorities say it's not clear what happened to the girl and they aren't ruling anything out.

"The State Police detective unit attached to the district attorney's office continues to investigate potential criminality," said State Police spokesman David Procopio. "We have not ruled out foul play."

The beach is known for strong riptides. The family was near an inlet at the time of outgoing tide.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This program aired on April 19, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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