Runaway Teen Survives Suicide Attempt Thanks to Air Unit and K-9
BROOKSVILLE – Every day, RNRF provides the community with an array news stories but there is one exception when it comes to what we regularly report and what we feel could cause more harm than good.
Almost daily, we receive upwards of 5 to 6 suicide threat and attempt reports, right here in Hernando County alone. In very rare occasions we will report on a suicide, but only if the circumstances are extremely unusual or the case is high profile.
It’s not very often that we can report a happy ending when someone attempts to commit suicide, but thanks to the efforts of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, one teenage girl will survive her near brush with death.
Last night, RNRF received information that deputies were desperately searching for a runaway 16-year-old girl, who according to her parent was possibly suicidal.
According to officials, the teen disappeared in a wooded area near Hexam Road around 9:00 pm. Deputies began tracking the girl with K-9, while Air Support searched from above.
Eventually the Air Unit spotted the girl near a cell tower and guided the K-9 unit to her exact location.
Upon reaching the girl, they noticed she was not breathing, prompting a deputy to perform a sternum rub to get her breathing again. There are unconfirmed reports that a shoestring or similar material was wrapped around the victim’s neck at the time of her discovery.
The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, where she is expected to make a full recovery, according to officials.
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