Ruby Kerr is once again in the arms of her family.
Missing for more than 24 hours after vanishing from the St. Kateri Outdoor Learning Centre on Friday morning, the 11-year-old Sault girl was found safe on Saturday afternoon and reunited with her parents.
SooToday was there for the family’s emotional reunion.
The news was a massive sigh of relief for relatives, friends, search-and-rescue officials — and strangers all across the city, who were desperate for a happy ending.
They don’t get much happier than this.
“I was ecstatic,” Ivan Kerr, Ruby’s dad, told SooToday. “I was terrified she was going to have another night on her own. We were really praying. Thank you to our community and everyone who treated us like we were their own. Your heart gets to the point where you feel like you may never see her again.”
Ivan said her daughter fell down an embankment approximately eight to 10 km north of the learning centre.
“She tore up her legs pretty good, she went into a lake almost up to her chest,” he said. “She ended up sleeping in the dirt on the side of a trail. She’s tough. She’s going to have a great story for the rest of her life about how she survived.”
The Sault Ste. Marie Police & partner agencies continue to search for missing 11 y/o Ruby Kerr. Last seen 11am May 12th wearing shirt in pic & black shorts near Nettleton Lake. Please check camera footage & outbuildings, sheds, garages, lean-tos. If you have any info call 911 immediately.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is reaching out to the public for assistance in locating 11-year-old Ruby Kerr, who has been reported missing. Ruby was last seen on May 12 in the 1500 block of Goulais Avenue, specifically at the outdoor learning centre near Nettleton Lake.
Ruby was last seen wearing the clothing depicted in the provided picture, which includes a blue sweater (likely tied around their waist), black shorts, and a black t-shirt with an anime design on the front. They are described as being approximately 5’0″ tall, with shoulder-length light brown hair.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service urges anyone with information about Ruby’s whereabouts to immediately contact them by calling 911 or dialing 705-949-6300. Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, could be crucial in locating Ruby and ensuring their safety.