Hunter finds missing girl

Hunter finds 12-year-old developmentally disabled girl clinging to tree in Minnesota River.

(KARE) Nathan Stoffel enjoys hunting on his family’s land northeast of St. Peter, Minnesota, but this past weekend was different.

“This was the hunt of a lifetime. We will never forget it,” the 28-year-old said on Monday.

Stoffel, a volunteer firefighter in the small town of Cleveland, heard about the search for 12-year-old Mya Ann Arriaga. The girl has special needs and doesn’t speak. She was reported missing from her St. Peter home early Friday.

On Saturday afternoon, Stoffel and a group of about a dozen other guys went hunting. Stoffel, knowing Arriaga might be around water, kept an eye out for her. He didn’t have any expectations.

Then he found Mya, clinging to a tree in the middle of the Minnesota River.

“As I got closer, I knew it was her. I panicked a bit,” Stoffel said. “Then I ran to her because I saw her arm moving.”

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