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WV girl, 7, safe after night in the woods

Charleston Gazette-Mail courtesy photo Deliah Mae Clark
Charleston Gazette-Mail courtesy photo
Deliah Mae Clark

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A short trip to wish a loved one good-night turned into a night in the woods for a 7-year-old Mason County girl who went missing Tuesday and was found safe Wednesday morning.

Deliah Mae Clark, of Southside, walked out of the woods near her Jeffers Ridge Road home early Wednesday after spending the night in the woods with her two dogs, said Mason Sheriff Greg Powers.

Mason sheriff’s deputies and West Virginia State Police troopers were talking to news reporters near Deliah’s home when she came walking up the road wearing the same short-sleeved shirt, pants and tennis shoes in which she’d last been seen.

Deliah was taken to an area hospital to be examined and later spoke with police. She was not injured and investigators found no signs of abuse or foul play, Powers said.

“Her story to us was that one of her dogs ran off and that she chased off after it,” Powers said. “She told us she spent the night in the woods…

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