Sheriff’s Office Finds Autistic Girl

Jackson County Sheriff's OfficeMEDFORD, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is citing the quick response of law enforcement in finding a missing 11-year-old autistic girl.

Just before 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4100 block of Cedar Lane in Medford for a report of a missing girl. The girl, an 11-year-old with severe autism who is unable to speak, was in the front yard of her home when she wandered off.

The sheriff’s office says at least nine Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives, Search and Rescue – including a tracking dog, and officers from both Phoenix and Talent Police Departments, responded to the call. Alert One was activated from the Ashland Airport.

Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon also activated “A Child is Missing” protocol, which sends an automated message to landline phones telling people details about the missing child; including a description, name, and area last seen. It also provides a local number for people to call in with information. Several Jackson County Sheriff’s Office employees manned the phones until the girl was located.

Involved units searched several surrounding properties and residences. The sheriff’s office says the child was found about an hour later inside a neighbor’s home. She was uninjured and in good health.