Parents of Missing Girl to Address Public

Police are looking for a male and female seen early Sunday.

The parents of missing 13-year-old Isabella Oleschuck will speak publicly for the first time on Thursday since their daughter disappeared over the weekend.  

The family and Orange Police will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. to update the public on the case. They will not take any questions.

Emergency officials and volunteers have been searching since Sunday.

A team of police officers and firefighters searched in the Race Brook Tract nature area in Orange on Tuesday evening.

Oleschuck, of Orange, was reported missing on Sunday. She might have left her home on Saturday night without her parents knowing, Orange police said.

She feeds the family’s chickens every morning and they were fed before she disappeared, but her hearing aid and cell phone were inside the house.

Orange and the FBI have been working together to find Isabella, with help from state police cadets and many volunteers. They suspended the search for her at 6 p.m. on Monday and will resume this morning.

One lead police are working on came from a jogger who reported seeing a girl who looked like Isabella and a teenage boy walking and holding hands near Race Brook school between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

"The young female did fit Isabella's description, similar to Isabella. We do not know if it was Isabella," Police Chief Robert Gagne said.

The couple didn't appear to be in any distress, Gagne said.

Police are investigating another lead in Fairfield, according to the Fairfield Patch.

An employee of a Duchess on Post Road in Fairfield told police that a girl who looks like Isabella was in the restaurant just before 9:30 p.m. on Monday. She was not wearing the clothing Isabella was last seen in and police have not confirmed it it i her. Orange police and the FBI have surveillance video from the store.  

State Police dive teams searched a pond behind the school on Monday, but would only say it was part of the investigation.

A team of 80 police cadets helped search the woods near Oleschuck's house, an FBI helicopter and a plane were also brought in to aid in the search Sunday.

The West Haven fire department and the town CERT team are also assisting with the search.

Oleschuck, a 7th grade student at Amity Middle School, has blue eyes and shoulder length blond hair. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weights about 120 pounds. She might be wearing a light blue jacket, brown felt hooded cape and black rain boots.

Her church, at 205 Meetinghouse Lane, in Orange, held a candlelight vigil for Isabella Monday evening.

“Isabella is around somewhere, we don't know where right now, but she is definitely with us,” Jim Zeoli, Orange First Selectman, said.

Police have not found any signs of foul play in Isabella’s sudden disappearance.

She is considered an endangered runaway, but authorities said they are not ruling anything out.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Isabella Oleschuck is asked to call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.

A "Help us Find Isabella" Facebook page has also been set up. More than 17,000 people have joined.

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