The disappearance of an 8-year-old Logan girl on Wednesday sent dozens of emergency personnel in Cache County scrambling to find her.

After a helicopter, search dog and two incident command trailers were deployed near Merlin Olsen Central Park, a Logan City police officer found Aaryn York several miles away at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville.

"The officers that responded did an immediate search of the house, a secondary search (of her house), and then searched the exterior as well a couple of times prior to calling out help," said Logan City Police Department Assistant Chief Jeff Curtis.

Neighbors were looking for York as officers conducted door-to-door searches on 200 East.

"We were asking for permission to go inside homes, and we let them know why we were there," he said. "People were cooperating with us and allowing us to search their homes."

She was originally reported missing around 250 S. 200 East in Logan.

Logan police distributed fliers in surrounding areas with details about York and her disappearance.

Reported missing at 12:17 p.m., York was located just before 3 p.m. with family friends at the Heritage Center - the product of a Logan City police officer's following up on a lead, according to Curtis.

Merlin Olsen Park became the center of the emergency response effort, with yellow police tape tied to the trees.

Cache County Search & Rescue brought in a search dog to help with the effort.

"We tried to get the dog on a scent of the last known location of where she was," said Curtis.

Logan City Fire Marshal Craig Humphreys noted the response from emergency personnel was extensive, including the Cache County Sheriff's Office, Logan City Police Department, Logan Fire Department, Cache County Fire District and Utah State University Police.

"Virtually every law enforcement agency in the county was involved and activated to help out with this search," Humphreys said.

Cache County Attorney James Swink also showed up to the scene, as part of the Child Abduction Response Team.

"To be able to get this many people out on a moment's notice, get them out there searching, having it as organized as we were, the assignments that were being made - I feel like it was a big success," Curtis concluded.

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