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Parents of missing girl sought

Two hours after the parents of missing Christina Holt failed to show up for a meeting with Broward sheriff's detectives, police issued a statewide alert Wednesday for their arrests on suspicion of aggravated child abuse and child abduction. The bulletin asked police to be on the lookout for the Cadillac registered to John and Pauline Louise Zile, of Riviera Beach. Pauline Zile, 24, is the mother of 7-year-old Christina; John Zile, 32, the stepfather. The child's disappearance was reported Saturday, shortly after Pauline Zile said she and her daughter arrived for a day's outing at a flea market near Fort Lauderdale. The mother said Christina disappeared while both were in a women's bathroom in separate stalls. But detectives have found no one who can verify the 7-year-old was at the flea market. Officials were trying Wednesday to determine when Christina was last seen by anyone outside the family.

Ringling gets okay

for elephant farm

BARTOW _ Polk County commissioners will allow Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to establish an elephant farm housing up to 75 Asian elephants. The site was approved 4-0 Tuesday, clearing the way for the circus to build the $3-million farm on 200 acres. The facility would house eight pregnant elephants and animals retired from the circus. Former U.S. Rep. Andy Ireland, Ringling Bros.' vice president for government relations, said the project also would help preserve an endangered species. "We have probably the largest gene pool outside India," Ireland told commissioners. "These retired performers have outgrown their area in Levy County."

Sheriff to look into

office's dating policy

SEBRING _ Some employees of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office say moving in with a sweetie could be a career decision. One employee said he was demoted for living with a colleague. And a former officer said his boss warned him that he couldn't sleep over at his girlfriend's house or live with her unless they got married. Sheriff Howard Godwin said the policy applies only to employees dating each other and not those involved with someone outside the department. He said no employee has been fired for living with someone out of wedlock. "I certainly discourage that type of relationship, but enforcing such a policy _ I can't do that," Godwin said. He added he will take another look at the policy and see how it's being interpreted among supervisors.