ROCKPORT, Mass. – An approaching storm 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.

Police said Caleigh Anne Harrison of Gloucester vanished 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.

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

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