ROCKPORT (AP) — A rain storm has forced police to temporarily halt a search for a missing 2-year-old girl who apparently disappeared from a Rockport beach when her mother went to retrieve a lost ball.

State and local police said Sunday that heavy rain and poor visibility will prevent officers and police divers from searching nearby waters Sunday.

Police say Caleigh Anne Harrisonof Gloucester went missing around noon Thursday on an outing with her mother and 4-year-old sister on Long Beach in Rockport. Her mother said she lost sight of the girls for about two minutes, and Caleigh was gone.

rockportgirl Rain Forces Police To Suspend Search For Missing Toddler In Rockport

Caleigh Anne Harrison (Photo Credit: Mass. State Police)

Police officers, helicopters, divers and dogs searched for Caleigh Saturday.

Investigators are also trying to determine if Harrison was abducted. The beach is known for strong riptides. The search will resume Tuesday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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