Naked teen found walking on I-5

A girl believed to be autistic was walking naked along the shoulder of Interstate 5 early Sunday just north of Ashland, according to the Oregon State Police.

The girl, only identified as in her late teens, was unable to communicate and appeared to be autistic, troopers who responded to the scene discovered.

After she was taken to a local hospital, it was determined the girl wasn't injured and there was no evidence she was the victim of a crime, OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings said.

Within three hours, the girl's custodians were contacted, he said.

"At this point in time, we are grateful we were able to take care of it quickly," he said.

Hastings said that because of the young girl's age and condition, he was unable to discuss further details about the case.

He did say that passing motorists noticed the girl walking along the interstate near milepost 19, though she wasn't impeding traffic.

"Someone called to report a person walking naked in the freeway," Hastings said.

Troopers were dispatched to the scene at 4:15 a.m., and initially determined that she didn't appear to be the victim of a crime.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't communicate with her and she didn't appear to be able to communicate with us," Hastings said.

Initially, the OSP sought the public's help in identifying the girl and provided a brief description and photo at 7:40 a.m.

While the girl was in a Medford hospital, the 911 Center was able to contact her custodians and the OSP called off its search for anyone who might have known her.

Hastings said it wasn't immediately apparent why the girl had left her home.

Hastings would only say the girl is from the Ashland area.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or email dmann@mailtribune.com.


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