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Missing 12-year-old girl rescued by law enforcement on north Grand Island Bridge

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 11:13:05-05

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) — A missing 12-year-old girl with special needs was rescued by New York State troopers and U.S. Border Patrol agents after she was located on the north Grand Island Bridge.

Police say Monday at 8:45 a.m. the City of Niagara Falls Police Department contacted all local law enforcement agencies and announced the girl was missing from her home.

A short time after a Border Patrol agent located the girl, who is living with autism and is semi-verbal, in the traffic lane near the crest of the North Grand Island Bridge.

Police say the agent activated his emergency lights to yield traffic and began to talk to her. The girl was unresponsive and continued to walk on the bridge.

According to police when troopers arrived the young girl became frightened and moved towards the edge of the bridge, that is when a trooper ran over to her and safely placed her in his protective custody.

The girl was transported off the bridge and reunited with her family.

Police say she was in good physical health with no apparent injuries.