Special Needs Juvenile, Flees but Found
On June 4, 2018, officers from the Creedmoor Police Department responded to Stem Road after receiving a call for assistance from a local group home. The caregivers at the home stated that a 16 year old white male patient, who has several medical issues, ran out the back of the residence and disappeared into the woodline. One of the officers who initially arrived on scene spotted the individual across an open field approximately a quarter of a mile from the residence but was unable to get to him before he disappeared into the woods again.
Creedmoor Police Department requested assistance from the Granville County Sheriff’s Office Canine Units. Shortly after arriving on scene, the canine units picked up the juvenile’s scent and tracked him for more than a mile and a half. They were within 100 yards of the juvenile when he was spotted emerging from the woodline on Highway-15 near North Main Street. Granville Emergency Services was contacted to evaluate the juvenile’s condition due to possible heat exposure as well as the distance, thick woods, and terrain he had traveled. The juvenile was cleared by EMS and caregivers from the residence transported him back home.
“This was the best possible outcome for a situation like this; we able to locate and return this young man in a timely manner and without injury thanks to the diligent efforts of the Creedmoor Officers who responded along with the tremendous assistance provided by Deputy Ty Womack and K-9 “Coal”, Deputy Tony Tart and K-9 “Gunner”, and unwavering assistance provided by Sheriff Brin Wilkins and his staff,” stated Chief Keith King.