Missing 14-year-old girl with autism found, undergoing physical evaluation

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By journalsofus.com

The Union County Police Department said Sunday night that a missing 14-year-old girl with autism who was last seen on the Watchung Reservation has been found.

They say Sophia Hetrick was undergoing a physical evaluation and would be reunited with her caregiver.

Union County police were working with several public safety agencies during the search for the girl.

Social media posts from across the community suggested those in the immediate area check sheds and open garage areas as she has been known to hide from searchers during past events.

New Jersey State Police deployed a helicopter earlier in the evening to scan the area with special night vision equipment to help locate Hetrick.

There was a visible first responder presence walking in yards and wooded areas throughout the night until she was located.

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