Aquilla: Special needs hurricane evacuee briefly disappears

(Hurricane evacuees arriving to Latham Springs Camp in August of 2017. Photo by Rissa Shaw)
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AQUILLA, Texas (KWTX) A special needs teen who disappeared while staying in Hill County as a Hurricane Harvey evacuee, was quickly found, according to Hill County Sheriff’s Office officials.

The 15-year-old girl staying at Latham Springs Camp and Retreat in Aquilla was missing for two hours on Sept. 3.

According to Chief Deputy R.D. White, caretakers called the Hill County Sheriff's Office after the girl woke up in a panic and fled her dormitory at around 11 a.m.

Staff personnel with Devereux, a behavioral health facility caring for the girl, lost sight of her and called authorities for help.

Deputies, Hill County Emergency Management, and a Texas Parks and Wildlife K-9 unit from Johnson County responded.

As the K-9 unit was deployed, caretakers found the teen in a wooden area about 50 feet behind one of the camp’s cabins just after 1 p.m.

The girl was unharmed and was eventually taken to a more secure facility.

Latham Springs has been housing hundreds of special needs children and adults forced out of facilities in Victoria and League City as a result of Hurricane Harvey.