Search un­der­way in Hal­i­fax for miss­ing autis­tic teen

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER -

HAL­I­FAX (CP) — A search is un­der­way in Hal­i­fax for a miss­ing autis­tic teenager.

Jen­nifer Graves-Smith, 18, was last seen leav­ing Hal­i­fax West High School on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

She is a spe­cial-needs stu­dent and did not take her as­signed school bus home.

Graves-Smith was ob­served tak- ing a wooded path­way near the school and has not been seen since.

Tem­per­a­tures were well be­low freez­ing all day.

Po­lice searched the area and sur­round­ing busi­nesses but failed to find her by night­fall.

A ground search-and-res­cue team was called in to as­sist.

Po­lice said Graves-Smith is known to turn away if ap­proached by strangers. They said foul play wasn’t sus­pected.

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