Young children have a knack for suddenly vanishing. One second, you’re laying out a blanket for a picnic, and the next your toddler is running away to chase a leaf. And when two-year-old Gabriella Vitale and some of her relatives visited the woods in Oscoda County, Michigan, she disappeared. Police officers and other officials searched the area but couldn’t find Gabriella, even as night fell. Against the odds, she turned up in the most unlikely place.

On July 15, the Vitales were packing up from their camping vacation in the Huron National Forest. They were in an area with plenty of natural beauty — lakes, rivers, forests — and activities to do, like hiking or fishing. But they wouldn’t get to enjoy any of it.

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