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BRIEF: Once-missing teen with Asperger's syndrome found safe in Tavares

Orlando Sentinel - 2/28/2017

Feb. 28--A teen with Asperger's syndrome who disappeared Monday night from her Tavares home, was found safe Tuesday morning, police say.

A Tavares police officer spotted Asja Gunn, 18, walking in the city, a spokeswoman said. She was safely returned home.

Gunn was reported missing about 9:30 p.m. after her mother realized she wasn't at the their home on Kellogg Drive, according to Tavares police.

Police said Gunn has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and bipolar disorder, and has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old. She was considered endangered.

Tavares police enlisted help overnight from the Lake County Sheriff's Office and searched with a helicopter and canine teams, but didn't find Gunn.

Details about her rescue Tuesday morning weren't released.

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