FRANKLIN – A missing 5-year-old and her dog were found by state troopers after the child was reported missing in the Town of Franklin earlier this morning, according to a press release from Troop C.
The girl, named Destiny, was walking her dog, Hailey, in the area of Grange Hall Road and Route 28, but was reported missing after her parents noticed she had disappeared with the puppy. After searching for an hour, they called police.
Several agencies including Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies, Franklin Fire and EMS and ENCON assisted troopers with the search on Grange Hill Road near State Route 28. New York State Police Aviation was called out and spotted Destiny in a tall grassy area and directed troopers to the location. Destiny and Harley were found safe, without a scratch just several hundred yards from their home and reunited with her parents just after 1 p.m.
“It’s the longest three hours we’ve ever dealt with,” her mother, Jennifer, told Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C Public Information Officer
Destiny’s mother, Jennifer said that after things calmed down, they had a talk with Destiny and hope that this is the first and only time she will ever leave without an adult, and expressed gratitude to the emergency responders who came out to help find her daughter.