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Missing Autistic Boy Found Safe

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COLUMBIA, Tenn.-  A 9-year-old boy with autism wandered away from home Sunday afternoon and sparked a full-blown search by law enforcement and volunteers alike.

Maury County Sheriff Enoch George summed it up Sunday afternoon when he said it would tickle him beyond belief if every story could end with an outcome like this.

Nine-year-old Johnny Hahn was found a few minutes after 4:00, after a coon hound named Mason happened upon his scent. Handler Ysela Carrillo said they used a pair of shorts Johnny had slept in the previous night to familiarize the dog with the child's scent.

"I think kids are hard because they stay on the move," said Carrillo, who's also a trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. "They keep hopping from place to place. So, (Mason) went to a lot of different hotspots where (Johnny'd) probably been, checking things out and playing."

Johnny Hahn had been staying with his aunt and uncle on Center Star Road. They discovered he was missing shortly after noon, and that resulted in a full-blown search effort.  The Maury County sheriff gave everyone pats on the back, but is giving due credit to Carrillo, a brand new reserve deputy with the Maury County Sheriff's Department.

Hahn was located about three-quarters of a mile from the point where he went missing. Dr. Carrillo said when they came upon him, he was having fun and acted as if they had interrupted his playtime. He was checked out on the scene, and had no injuries.



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