The dramatic search and eventual rescue of 13-year-old Isabella Oleschuk of Orange captured the attention of the entire state.
The Amity Regional Middle School seventh grader was reported missing Sunday morning and then found Wednesday morning, just as her parents were about to speak to the media for the first time during the four-day saga.
Here is a timeline of the events surrounding Isabella’s story:
Sunday, March 20: Police begin search a for Isabella after her parents report her missing Sunday morning.
Monday, March 21: The search continues as more than 100 people join in, including firefighters, police officers, FBI teams, divers, police dogs and cadets from the Meridan municipal police academy. Police search a lake near Isabella’s house, as well as wooded areas. A vigil was held at night with more than 200 people in attendance and a vow is made by local officials to search for Isabella until she is found.
Monday night, Fairfield police investigate a possible sighting of Isabella at a Duchess restaurant in town. Police pass a video on to Orange authorities and it turns out to be a false sighting.
Tuesday, March 22: Firefighters from surrounding towns are called in to join the search, which focuses on the Racebrook Road area, not far from Isabella’s Derby Avenue home. Police issue a Silver Alert for Isabella as national media attention begins to grow.
Tuesday night, police announce that a press conference will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and Isabella’s parents planned to meet with the media for the first time.
Wednesday, March 23: As the press conference is about to begin, Orange police Chief Robert Gagne changes the tone of the announcement and tells gathered media and friends of the Oleschuk family that Isabella has been found, alive and safe.
Isabella had been hiding out in a farm stand garage on Indian River Road, alone, with fruit, granola, juice and a blanket. She is healthy, not showing any signs of malnutrition and returned to her parents after briefly being checked by doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
The investigation into her disappearance continues.