K-9 team helps locate missing teen with autism in Gary

GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- A missing teenage girl with autism is safe after a K-9 team helped track her down early Saturday morning in Northwest Indiana.

Gary police officers responded and began a search for the girl, but were unable to find her. That's when they called in off-duty Gary Corporal Brown and his K-9 Koba to try and track her down.

Once the pair got a scent sample for the teen, Koba was on her trail and found the girl a short time later in the 600-block of 48th Avenue.

She was not wearing any shoes, socks or a coat.

The teen was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officials said if it were not for the actions of Corporal Brown, K-9 Koba and other Gary officers on the scene, the outcome could have been tragically different.
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