K-9 finds missing autistic teen during first day of police work

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O’FALLON, Mo. — The first day on the job turned out to be a memorable one for a Missouri police officer and her K-9 companion.

O’Fallon Police Officer Courtney Spiess and her Hanoverian Hound partner Tank were called to investigate a missing teenager Sunday evening, according to KSDK. The duo, who are trained to find narcotics, suspects and missing people, began their first case together.

The teen was only missing for about 5 minutes when Tank quickly located him and returned him to his family.

“He absolutely loves going to work. As soon as I put his harness on him he knows we’re going to be tracking a person and you can see his face change. He’s ready to go,” said officer Spiess.