The search for a Lockwood girl has been expanded by Yellowstone County authorities.  Starting today, the approach will include fly-overs and searchers on the ground for 12-year-old Taeva Hawkins, who disappeared around the Huntley Diversion Dam on Saturday.


Approximately 100 people conducted a visual search of an 11-mile stretch of the Huntley Project Irrigation District canal on Wednesday.  Employees lowered the canal’s flow rate by 150 gallons per second Wednesday morning to aid search efforts.  Divers and search dogs also returned to the area, according to Lt. Roger Bodine of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office.


Three search dogs were still assigned to the effort and indicated a spot near the tunnels where Hawkins initially disappeared.  Divers, K-9 units and other crews focused on the area surrounding the Diversion Dam on Wednesday afternoon.  By about 7:45 p.m. as fatigue set in for dogs and divers, the day’s search was called off.