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Doll Gone From Missing Girl's Room

Police and volunteers are resuming the search for the nine-year-old Florida girl who was last seen in her bedroom Wednesday night.

Police now say a doll was missing from Jessica Marie Lunsford's room. The clothes she had laid out for school were still in place, and none of her shoes were gone.

More than 250 people gathered at Faith Baptist Church on a cool, overcast Saturday morning to scour the community and nearby woods for Jessica Marie Lunsford.

Buses took groups of the volunteers to the woods and marshes of western Citrus County, about 60 miles north of Tampa. Some searched on foot while others rode horses and all-terrain vehicles.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Hampton, a Homosassa native, and his wife Katia offered a $25,000 reward Saturday to help locate the girl.

Mark Lunsford said Saturday that he is convinced his daughter was abducted but he can't understand how or why. He said his mother woke up Saturday screaming for the missing girl.

"I have so many questions in my mind," he said. "How do you do that? How did someone come in and get my daughter? I just can't imagine. How did it happen? How do you do that?"

However, Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy told reporters Saturday that Jessica's disappearance was not a confirmed abduction and he hadn't ruled out anything.

"Time is of the extreme essence, and it's now become my enemy so I need to make sure I keep everybody in the picture," Dawsy said.

Investigators had received more than 150 tips but almost no clues.

"It amazes me that we haven't uncovered anything to take us in a specific direction," Dawsy said at a news conference. "We are turning every rock we can turn and following every lead we can possibly follow."

Jessica lives in the house with her father and his parents.

She was last seen by her grandparents, before she went to bed Wednesday night. They said they put her to bed after she returned from a church function.

Her father told authorities he had returned Thursday morning from a girlfriend's home, coming in through the locked back door as he usually does, and was getting ready for work when he realized his daughter's alarm clock was sounding and she wasn't there.

Dawsy said Lunsford's story checked out.

Mark Lunsford said his daughter had had little contact with her mother, who Dawsy said had been in Ohio and was being interviewed by the FBI. Michael Brooks, an FBI spokesman in Cincinnati, would not comment on what the FBI discussed with Angela Bryant but said she had not been arrested or detained.

"I don't know where she is," Bryant, 31, of Morrow, Ohio, told The Associated Press in a tearful telephone interview Friday.

Bryant, who has remarried and has a 5-year-old son, added that she hadn't seen her daughter for four years. "Her dad didn't let me see her," she said.

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