UPDATE: Missing teen near Avola found at last

A 16-year-old autistic girl who had run away from her home near Avola is being taken to hospital for an evaluation

A 16-year-old autistic girl who had run away from her home near Avola is being taken to hospital for an evaluation, according to Sgt. Kevin Podbisky of Clearwater RCMP.

The incident began Wednesday evening when the girl ran away from home following a dispute with her parents.

The girl’s father called police at about 9:30 a.m. on Thursday to tell them that she had left. The father said that she had taken a sleeping bag and some lighters with her, and that she had done the same in 2014.

During the earlier incident the girl had been gone for about three days.

Police went to the scene, as well as Wells Gray Search and Rescue and a Police Service Dog unit.

Members of Kamloops Search and Rescue were called in to assist on Thursday afternoon.

The girl was located by a search dog team about 100 m from the residence at about 9:30 or 10:00 that evening.

She ran away from the dog team but remained on the property, according to police.

Apparently due to concerns that multiple searchers plus dogs might scare the girl off, the search was paused as of Friday morning.

According to the girl’s father, the search resumed later on Friday, but with only a police service dog and handler taking part.

At the time of a conversation with the Times late Friday afternoon, he said the dog and handler were attempting to drive the girl towards him.

“I don’t know what brought this on,” he said. “I want to get her help. She has special needs and mental problems. I am really concerned for her safety.”