Missing 12-year-old developmentally disabled girl found safe in Manitou Springs

Girl has history of hiding during hikes

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - A 12-year-old developmentally disabled girl who became separated from her family while hiking in Manitou Springs was found safe Friday night as temperatures fell into the mid-20s.

Search and rescue teams had been looking for Emily Hermenitt since just before sundown.  She was found around 9 p.m. in a culvert in Soda Springs Park in the middle of town. She was last seen about 4 p.m. 

Tracking dogs were also used to search for the girl during the 5 hours she was missing.  The Colorado Bureau of Investigation had issued a rare Missing Person with Developmental Disabilities alert activation for Emily who has Asperger Syndrome.

Emily became separated from her family in the Ruxton Avenue and Winter Street area near the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, officials said.  

The special alert said she liked to hide in various places (tunnels/under bridges) and will often lie and give a wrong name if contacted.

The temperature in Manitou Springs at 9 p.m. was 25 degrees.

Police made emergency phone notifications to residents in the area to be on the lookout for the girl.  

Learn more about Asperger Syndrome from the National Institutes of Health.

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