A gamekeeper and his trained dog found an 11-year-old autistic girl in the woods about half a mile from her home in Gorham late Saturday afternoon.

The girl ran away from her home on Whispering Pines Lane around 4 p.m. Her family called 911 when they couldn’t find her, and officers from the Gorham Police Department, Maine Warden Service and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office joined the search. A guard duty aircraft was also used during the search.

Caretaker Michael Latti and his trained service dog Luna began searching in the woods behind the house at 4:43 p.m. Luna found the girl’s scent about 10 minutes later and led Latti to the missing child, who was walking in the thick woods.

The girl had minor cuts and scrapes while walking in the woods but did not require medical attention, the warden service said. Latti and Luna took the girl home and reunited her with her family.

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