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Authorities In Kentucky Searching For Missing 13-Year-Old After Deadly Tornado

The search for Nyssa Brown in Bowling Green, Kentucky, continues after she was reported missing during recovery efforts following a tornado that destroyed parts of the area. 

The 13-year-old was unaccounted for after her family and siblings’ remains were found by first responders, CNN reported.

Among those killed from the Brown family were Nyssa’s siblings, Nariah Cayshelle, 16, Nolynn, 8, and Nyles, 4. Her 64-year-old grandmother Victoria Smith and parents, Seven Brown, 35, and Rachel Brown, 36.

“We got this little girl [Nyssa] missing and we found her family and they are most all deceased,” Bowling Green police officer Ronnie Ward said. “You can’t keep a dry eye.”

“They [Brown’s] were very family-oriented. They loved their family. They loved their kids,” a family member told CNN

Ward told WHAS11 that the family was all found “close to each other.” First responders are conducting a “grid search” which encompasses search and relief efforts applied to one small area at a time.

When Ward was asked if he believes Nyssa is still alive he said, “anything is possible.”

During a press conference on Dec. 15, Bowling Green Fire Chief Justin Brooks emphasized community interest and safety concerns for the teenager. “

This isn’t just another missing person, but rather this is our 13-year-old girl,” he said as an officer behind Brooks held a picture of Nyssa. “We have been intentional with our efforts, the search has been extensive…One missing is one too many.”

In the city, there have been 244 missing reports filed and processed for unaccounted civilians, but none for Nyssa.

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