Missing Dallas teen found safe in Copper Canyon

Missing Dallas teen Alejandra Gonzalez was found unharmed in the 800 block of Orchid Hill Lane in Copper Canyon just before noon Thursday, according to Jody Gonzalez, Denton County emergency services director.

The 18-year-old special needs student wandered away the afternoon of April 23 near Sunset High School in south Dallas.

She was spotted by a deputy Wednesday afternoon in Copper Canyon walking along Chinn Chapel Road north of the railroad tracks, according to Copper Canyon mayor Sue Tejml. The deputy, who at the time was not aware of the missing person report, attempted to question Gonzalez but she refused help and walked away.

Police helicopters equipped with heat-sensing cameras scoured the area Wednesday night as Denton County Sheriff’s Deputies on 4-wheelers and K-9 teams searched the horse trails for the 18-year-old. At sunrise Thursday, sheriff’s deputies conducted a house-to-house search of the area and adjacent neighborhoods.

Gonzalez was found in good health; however, medics were called to confirm her status. The Dallas Police Department was notified, and she has been transferred back to Dallas.

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