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Missing girl found

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Police set up a command center Wednesday at Lake Tahoe Community College to find a woman they believed to be missing.

Officers took action just after 1 p.m. when employees at Choices Transitional Services got worried and reported Amey Joy, a 26-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident with Down syndrome, missing because she hadn’t shown up at Choices.

“It’s no big deal,” said South Lake Tahoe police Officer Bob Refer. “She really wasn’t missing at all. She works at the Child Development Center at the college as a toddler’s assistant and usually gets on the bus and goes to Choices.”

But on Wednesday her mother, Suzanne Joy, faxed Choices a note telling them she would be picking her daughter up at the college and taking her to a hair salon. Staff members at Choices missed or never read the note, police said. The search was called off at 2:08 p.m. when officers contacted Suzanne and Amey.

“I’m very relieved and very grateful that everyone was on it,” Suzanne Joy said. “This is a small town and you really know it when something like this happens.”


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