Clarksville law enforcement officials say they are widening their search perimeter this afternoon after a teen with autism walked away from school on Friday morning and is still missing.
Reece Melton, 13, left Rossview Middle School sometime this morning, officials say.
Melton reportedly has a high-function form of autism and understands what is going on. She is also known to leave main roadways and hide in the woods.
Clarksville Police and the Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Office are working together on the search. Because of winter weather and falling temperatures in the region, officials are growing more and more concerned for her safety.
The search began in the immediate area around Rossview School, but responders are now widening their perimeter and adding additional search crews.
Officials say a drone team and multiple K-9s are already conducting a ground search. Two additional teams are also in route to assist. Local residents have also provided ATVs to help with the search.
Officials are efforting an air search with a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter.
Reece is 5-foot-6-inches tall. She has blonde hair and is wearing a black jacket, black jeans, and black boots.
If you are in the immediate area and think you see Reece, call 911.
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