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Missing girl found at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Christina Proctor

A missing 15-year-old Napa girl was found at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe exactly a week after she disappeared.

Police and family got their first clue that Katherine Taylor might be at the lake when a classmate reported seeing her at Harrah’s on Jan. 8.

The student was on vacation with his family when he saw Katherine at the casino around 9 p.m. On Monday, he mentioned the incident to a teacher.

Michael Taylor, Katherine’s father, said his daughter is autistic and was being medicated for depression and impulsiveness. Taylor said she has run away four times since August.

Taylor said the police got reports of sightings of Katherine on the South Shore on Tuesday after her picture was published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

“They got calls from people who had seen her at Cecil’s,” Taylor said Thursday morning. “They reported that she seemed distraught.”

The Douglas County Sheriff’s department also got a lead from a Douglas High School student who reported seeing her Saturday in front of the Stateline Raley’s Supermarket.

Harrah’s security found Katherine around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, after recognizing her from fliers. She was detained and turned over to Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators who reunited her with her father.

“We’re very grateful to Harrah’s security,” said Douglas County Detective Tim Minister. “We were all very concerned.”

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