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Search for missing girl in Rock River suspended Sunday, resumes Monday

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Authorities say they've called off the search for a missing 9-year-old girl in Rock County for the day.

Family members say Madison Billups was last seen in the water near Angler's Park Thursday night.

The family says Madison was playing with a boy by the river Thursday. Janesville police said a woman out fishing pulled the boy out, but couldn't reach the girl.

Authorities changed their response Friday from a rescue to a recovery and continued searching the Rock River throughout the weekend.

The team moved slightly south, focusing on the area of the Afton boat launch.

"We have shifted south but we're still in the area where the victim entered the area," said Capt. Mark Thompson, with Rock County Sheriff's Office. "We're still working from there, we've just extended further south. Again, Happy Hollow, Preservation Park. We just continue to expand the search area using the technology we have, hoping we can find the victim."

Officials say anyone who wants to help search should head south from Preservation Park and stay away from the area where officials are searching.

Rock County sheriff's officials say their search will pick back up on Monday.

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