On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, a 7-year-old North Carolina girl with autism went missing earlier this morning.
At around 7:30 a.m. the father notified authorities that his daughter, who is non-verbal, had vanished from their home at some point during the night. Authorities from Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office rushed to find the young girl.
The Wilmington police dispatched all units including K-9 units in hopes that it would help find the girl, according to WBTV. In addition to the police forces, they used a tracking signal that was registered with Project Lifesaver, which is a device to help locate missing persons with autism, dementia, and other diagnoses.
Just 30 minutes later, they found the girl in the 3500 block of Aster Court. She was reunited with her family at that time.
"We encourage family members of those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Down syndrome, autism or other brain-related disorders that cause someone to wander or to be difficult to locate to enroll in the Project Lifesaver program," said Jennifer Dandron, spokesperson for Wilmington police, in a news release. "GPS monitoring also has the potential to cut down on rescue times."
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