Sat. Jan 16th, 2021
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ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – A 15-year-old Rochester Hills girl, who suffers from autism, fled her home twice in one night after having a verbal disagreement with her parents. The Sheriff’s Aviation Unit was called in to assist with the search.

On Wednesday December 2nd, 2020, at approximately 9:30 PM, Oakland County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a home near Tienken and Livernois on the report of a runaway juvenile.   Deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the father. 

The father advised Deputies that his daughter who suffers from autism and was not dressed properly for the weather conditions. He advised Deputies that after they had a verbal dispute, she ran away.  A Deputy was able to locate the juvenile and bring her back to her home.  The juvenile told Deputies that she did not want to be at the home and stated that she was going to run away again.

Deputies contacted a Referee to have the juvenile lodged at Children’s Village.  The request was denied due to there being no criminal charges filed on the juvenile.  Deputies advised the parents to petition their daughter into a local hospital, but they refused.

As Deputies were exiting the residence, they heard the back door shut and determined that the girl had fled the residence again.  

Deputies quickly attempted to locate the juvenile but were unsuccessful.   Deputies formed a perimeter and a K9 Unit arrived on scene to assist with a track.  The K9 was unable to locate the juvenile and the track was terminated.  The Sheriff’s Aviation Unit was called in to assist with the search.  The Aviation Unit was unable to locate the juvenile.  The juvenile was entered in the LEIN as a runaway. 

She was finally located safe Thursday morning and is undergoing a mental health evaluation.

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