Family shares name of missing Janesville 9-year-old in Rock River

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WTVO/CNN) — A Wisconsin family released the name of their daughter who went missing in Janesville on Thursday.

WKOW reports that the family identified the missing girl as 9-year-old Madison Billups. Madison was last seen near Angler’s Park near the Rock River in Janesville around 7:20 p.m. Thursday.

Billups was with a young boy who was saved in a water rescue by a bystander. However, police say the lady lost track of Madison.

“This lady is a hero but it’s going to be difficult for her, too. She did what she could. She should be totally praised for her actions,” explained Deputy Chief Terry Sheridan.

WKOW reports that on Friday morning, authorities changed their response from rescue to recovery. The search is near the Monterey Dam in Janesville.

Search crews looked for her all day Friday when they were forced to stop due to the weather around 5:30 p.m.

Rock County Sheriff’s officials returned to their search Saturday morning.

“My niece out here, I’m gonna be out here as long as she’s out here,” said Tyrell Seals, her uncle.

Seals said he sees his niece as his own child.

“[She’s] a bright individual, smart, super smart. She can teach you how to work a computer, teach you anything and everything. A real bright person, that’s my niece,” he added.

Family members traveled from different states to during the difficult time.

“Everybody leaning on each other. It’s a hard time right now, but we ain’t going to fold, Seals explained.


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