Local Business Helps Find Missing Children With Autism

Learn how Scent Evidence K9 is helping find Missing Children with Autism. Scent Evidence3 K9 founder and CEO, Paul Coley, shares how the Scent Preservation Kit® is providing an extra layer of protection for family members and caregivers of those who are at risk for wandering. 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Body odor sounds like something you don’t want to keep around.  But one Tallahassee business believes preserving the scent of a child could be important if the child ever goes missing.

According to the American Pediatrics Association, children who are on the autism spectrum have about a 50 percent chance of going missing at least once before turning 17.

Having a student run away was always a fear for Kristal Franklin, Executive Director of Capital Prep. “For parents, caregivers, and educators, our biggest concern is that a student on the spectrum will become a runner,” said Franklin.

Just a few weeks ago, one of Franklin’s students ran away. That child was found safe. But she knew she needed to find a way to make sure her staff is prepared if that ever happens again. That’s when she found Scent Evidence K-9.

“It’s one more step in being prepared and being secure,” said Franklin. “Knowing in our community that we have this resource that so many communities don’t have, I think it’s fabulous.”

The owner of Scent Evidence K9 wants to encourage parents to have a plan in case a child wanders off. “From the time a child goes missing until they are located, you have one to three hours. Every tick of the clock is extremely important,” said Paul Coley, CEO of Scent Evidence K9.