How ‘a little girl in the woods’ found a way to keep her mother safe

The search for a missing Maine woman who disappeared more than five years ago has been aided by a little girl who survived a harrowing search through the woods and woodsheds.

The Beloit mother’s body has been found.

Her remains were found Tuesday after police combed through a remote area in northern Maine.

Authorities said a woman called them on Sunday to report a possible body in a wooded area near a campground in the town of Beloit.

Police Chief Mark Johnson said the body is that of 26-year-old Danielle Marie Mather, of Belo Center, a city of 3,400 about 65 miles north of Portland.

She was last seen May 16, 2016.

Authorities have not identified the woman or the location of the remains.

Mather had been missing since April 19, 2016, when she was last heard from by her mother, who had been camping with her and her husband.

The couple has since moved to a rural area near the northern Maine town of Cape Gloucester.

Police said Tuesday they don’t know how the girl got to the area where the body was found.

The search for Mather is being overseen by the Maine State Police Forensic Identification Unit.

The team was searching for a black Toyota Tacoma truck, a dark colored vehicle similar to a pickup, with a white bedliner, Johnson said.

The investigation is continuing.

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