When one teenager with autism went missing in San Diego County in April, the hours were passing by but she could not be traced.
Marken Riley Moore, put up a flyer about it on Facebook on behalf of the family, saying, “My daughter is gone missing it’s Thursday and she left about 2: 30 p. m.,” the post began. “There is a complete mobile unit set up down at the corner of East Vista Way and bobier there is a hundred plus person search and rescue looking for my daughter also there is four fives dogs that helicopter was out for several hours this afternoon…”
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Abby the young teen was still missing and the worried mother continued, writing “…my daughter still not return so if anyone in Vista can get this out and circulate this I would greatly appreciate it it is a missing person flyer on my daughter…”
Chyanne Thomas, a post office worker, had the same route as Abby’s last known whereabouts and said that mail carriers are often the first to know whenever something is wrong and they grow familiar with the people in the locality.
When police spoke to Thomas, she hadn’t seen the 15-year-old but soon something positive happened.
She was driving along her route when she saw a young girl in shorts and a gray shirt with no shoes on, she says, “I immediately fling into action,” she used a different approach to engage the teen by reversing the roles, she told Abby that she was lost.
“She goes, ‘You’re missing? I’ll stay. I’ll help’ … I played her role. I [didn’t] want her to run away.” Thomas had “training in behavioral health” and had worked “with children on the spectrum.” She was the best person possible to find Abby.
She called the cops and helped reunite the family with their lost daughter.
It was a case of lightning striking twice, when again just 2 weeks later, Thomas was on her route when she noticed a 3 year old girl all by herself. She kept looking at her hoping her parents would pop up but when no one showed up, Thomas was to the rescue.
“I immediately jumped out of the truck again,” she said. “She came and squeezed me so tight, with tears. She was so excited that someone helped out.
Thomas says, “I’m not a hero. I was just at the right place at [the right time],” she said. “I’m glad that the parents was reunited with their kids safe and sound.”
Thomas is in love with her job at the post office, and is always ready to spring into action to save another child. “If a child was in need,” she said, “I would step in to help again.”