Young girl with autism found safe by police K9

A potential tragedy was avoided on Friday thanks to the work of Troy officers and a trusty K9.

Lexi Somers is thankful to be back with her sister, Angel, after a day she’ll never forget.

“I was in my backyard, and there’s too many things going on at once; too much loudness,” Lexi said.

Lexi has autism, and around 1 p.m. on Friday, she felt the only way to relieve her stress was to run away.

“I just needed a break,” she said.

When Angel heard the news, she took off running.

“I take off these slippers I’m wearing right now, and I run,” Angel said. “I’m not worrying about glass, nails, nothing. I run down this hill. I’m yelling her name, ‘Alexondra. Alexondra.’ And then tears are running down my face, and I’m getting worried that I’m never going to see my sister again.”

Luckily, Troy Police K9 handler Kyle Jones, his K9 partner Blair, and handler Craig Faby were in the area and responded. Read More