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Sheriff's Office: Helicopter finds missing 3-year-old girl

UPDATE from the Sheriff's Office: Shortly after 7:45 this morning, Yavapai County Sheriff's officials reported that a DPS Ranger helicopter located 3-year-old Victoria Bensch.

Further information - including her wellbeing - was unavailable. Be sure to check with for updates.

The press release added that prior to finding the girl, crews remained on the scene throughout the night. Deputies and detectives also spent the evening contacting registered sex offenders in the Cordes Lakes area and so far ruled out their involvement in Victoria's disappearance.

Cars leaving the area were being checked for any signs or evidence of the missing girl. The family dog, seen in one of the photos issued Thursday night, also was missing and possibly with Victoria.

This morning, deputies and specially trained search volunteers were deploying scent dogs in the continued attempt to track her whereabouts, according to the press release. Personnel also were continuing to re-check areas searched Thursday night.

At this time, there is no evidence of foul play, the YCSO said. Detectives are involved and will remain on scene to assist with the investigation regarding Victoria's disappearance.

Original report:

Authorities are searching for a missing 3-year-old Cordes Lakes girl last seen around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies, the Jeep Posse, Yavapai County Sheriff's Response Team, DPS, DPS Ranger Helicopter and Mayer Fire Department personnel are joining in the search for Victoria Bensch. She was last seen wearing a brown shirt and pink pants. She is 60 pounds and 3' in height with brown hair and brown eyes.

YCSO dispatch received a call from the missing girl's parents just after 6 p.m. Thursday. They told deputies their daughter was last seen playing outside on the porch of their home at 21000 Fremont Drive around 5 p.m. The parents spent approximately an hour searching the area around their home before contacting YCSO.

No one at the girl's home heard anything unusual or suspicious before she was discovered missing. The residence does adjoin state land where a portion of the search effort is ongoing.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Victoria Bensch, or information that might aid rescue personnel in their search, please call the Sheriff's Office immediately at 928-771-3260.

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