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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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  • Too funny,,, helicopter just flies around….. What a baseless comment.

    Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 7:17 pm
  • Thank you HCSO for great work and saving a life. Hopefully this young girl will receive the help she needs to see a brighter light.. And to the naysayer above… When that helicpoter is flying around , it’s on a mission…….Perhaps saving a life?? HHMMMMMMMMMM ????

    Friday, 27 March 2015, 7:04 pm
  • A happy ending for this young girl even though she may not realize it at this time. Hopefully she will get the help she needs to resolve the problems that drove her to do this in the first.

    Friday, 27 March 2015, 8:26 am
  • Love those wonderful K-9s !!!!

    Friday, 27 March 2015, 6:25 am
  • Job well done HCSO!!!

    Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:42 am
  • Absolutely awesome…… way to go all involved!!!!! Praise Jesus all are okay…. Father God please be with this girl, her family, and medical staff….. give them strength, understanding, healing, and most of all love…. wrap your loving arms around them…. hug them tight…. keep them safe…. in Your precious name Jesus… amen and amen

    Thursday, 26 March 2015, 11:55 pm
  • Nice job HCSO. I hope the young lady will be ok, and pray that she hopefully sees things in a better light today.

    Thursday, 26 March 2015, 11:42 pm
  • Sending prayers

    Thursday, 26 March 2015, 11:13 pm
  • That helicopter has helped catch a lot of criminals!!!! Keep up the great work HCSO!

    Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:08 pm
  • that helicopter finally came in handy instead of just flying around.

    Thursday, 26 March 2015, 8:56 pm
    • there is always a negative remark from someone!!!!!!!!

      Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:04 pm
  • Thank the Lord!!

    Thursday, 26 March 2015, 8:54 pm
  • Praise God! Thank you HCSO and all involved! Prayers and Hugs to the family.

    Thursday, 26 March 2015, 8:38 pm

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