Missing 11-year-old girl with autism found safe at neighbors' an hour later

An 11-year-old girl with severe autism who went missing Monday was found safe in a neighbor's home a little more than an hour later, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported.

Sheriff deputies got the call that the girl was missing at 3:59 p.m. The girl, who is unable to speak, had been in her home's front yard in the 4100 block of Cedar Lane, a rural road off Camp Baker Road near Phoenix, when she wandered off.

Deputies, Jackson County Search & Rescue members, a tracking dog and officers from Phoenix and Talent police departments responded. Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon activated an "A Child is Missing" protocol, which sends an automated message to landline phones telling people about the missing child.

The girl was found at 5:08 p.m. in a neighbor's home, uninjured.

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