Missing Vista teen with autism found by USPS mail carrier

 A mail carrier on Friday located a teenage girl on the autism spectrum who had not been seen in more than 21 hours, since she walked away shoeless from her Vista home Thursday afternoon.

The 15-year-old, who functions at the level of a 12-year-old, was found about 12:20 p.m. near East Bobier Drive, about two blocks from where she had last been seen Thursday.

“A United States Postal Service worker delivering mail located (her),” Sheriff’s Lt. Arnold Aldana said in a statement. “The USPS worker recognized (her) from a Sheriff’s Department missing-person bulletin.”

Vista firefighters and medics evaluated the girl, who was “dehydrated, but otherwise in good health,” Aldana said. After being medically cleared, she was reunited with her family.

The girl had walked away from her home about 3 p.m. Thursday shoeless and without money or a phone, wearing only a T-shirt and shorts, authorities said. She had no history of walking away.

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