Heroic K-9 finds missing autistic child

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 12:13pm

With the help of a heroic K-9, Harrison County deputies were able to find a missing autistic child quickly.

At 2:30 p.m. on Monday, authorities were notified of the missing child on Roosevelt Taylor Road. When they arrived, the mother told officials she had last seen her 14-year-old son in his bedroom around 8 a.m.

Due to the close proximity of Interstate 20 and a heavily wooded area surrounding the house, deputies brought in Bruce, a specially trained K-9.

After getting a scent from the boy's clothing, the child was found safe deep in a wooded area near the home.

Sgt. Best, the deputy who helped find the child, has extensive training in tracking and utilizing his K-9 partner’s abilities for drug detection and tracking of human scents.

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