CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to represent the names of those involved in this story. The missing child’s name is Natashia Shanes, not Natasha Shane. Natashia’s mother’s name is Susan Shanes, not Sarah Shane.

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Officials were looking through the backyard of a Jackson home with a K-9 unit Friday.

Jackson Police requested K-9 assistance at around 1:19 p.m. to help search the property. The search is connected to a missing person’s case from nearly 40 years ago.

Susan Shanes is the mother of missing girl Natashia Shanes, who went missing from the Jackson home on the morning of May 8, 1985.

According to Susan Shanes, her six-year-old daughter was last seen sleeping on the couch at 1:30 a.m. The family discovered that the child was missing at 6 a.m.

The child also goes by the name “Tashia.”

She was born on January 23, 1979. The child also has dark blonde hair and brown eyes.

At the time of her disappearance, Natashia was 4-feet tall and weighed around 57 pounds.

Other identifiable markers for Tashia include pierced ears, small scars on her cheek and forehead, as well as a strawberry birthmark on the nape of her neck. She also has epilepsy and requires medication, according to Child Find of America.

Since her daughter’s disappearance, Susan Shanes said she has been looking for any tip that could lead her to Natashia.

“I’ve always thought that she’s alright wherever she is. I think someone took her and kept her and raised her, I think she’s alright now,” Susan Shanes said.

A search warrant was signed by the 12th District Court, outlining a search for any bodies on the property and any potential evidence.

Jackson police have not responded to 6 News requests for more details.

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