23 August 2019

Major Brian Shortall
Troop C Commander

A 5-year-old and her puppy who were reported missing in the town of Franklin have been located safe and sound. 
On Friday, August 23, 2019 at approximately 11:12 a.m., New York State Police at Oneonta were dispatched to a complaint that a 5-year-old named Destiny and her dog Harley were missing from a residence on Grange Hall Road in the town of Franklin. 
Destiny’s parents told troopers that they were with Destiny when the puppy needed to go outside and within a split second, Destiny and Harley had disappeared.  They desperately searched for almost an hour and called police.   Several agencies including Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies, Franklin Fire and EMS and ENCON assisted troopers with the search on Grange Hill Road near State Route 28.  New York State Police Aviation was called out and spotted Destiny in a tall grassy area and directed troopers to the location.  Destiny and Harley were found safe, without a scratch just several hundred yards from their home and reunited with her parents just after 1:00 p.m.
Destiny’s mother, Jennifer said that after things calmed down, they had a talk with Destiny and hope that this is the first and only time she will ever leave without an adult. Jennifer told Troop C Public Information Officer Trooper Aga Dembinska “it’s the longest three hours we’ve ever dealt with” and that they want to thank every emergency responder that came out to help find her daughter. 


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