Deputy, K-9 locate teen with autism who fled into woods

COLLINS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A deputy who works hand-in-paw with a K-9 utilized his furry partner to help locate a teen with autism who fled a vehicle into a wooded area in Erie County.

Deputy Lundberg and his partner Haso rushed to Aldrich Road Sunday morning to a vehicle from which the teenager fled. The driver of the vehicle was forced to pull over to the side of the road, at what time the teen ran into the woods in the Town of Collins.

Just minutes after Haso began to track the teen, Deputy Lundberg made contact and returned the teen safely to family members.

Haso and Lundberg became full-time partners in February when they graduated canine handler training, with a certificate for tracking and narcotics detection. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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