February 15, 2017  |  10:02 am

K-9 Freya is being deemed a hero for rescuing a missing 14-year-old autistic child late last night.

St. Tammany Parish deputies were dispatched to a residence in Lacombe, Louisiana, yesterday evening (Tuesday, February 14) after a 14-year-old autistic child went missing. Deputies canvassed the area for hours, searching for the child. K-9 Freya, who is a Bavarian Mountain Hound, and her handler, Deputy Ron Olivier, were called to the scene. K-9 Freya, who specializes in finding lost children, took the scent from the missing child’s clothes, and started searching. After approximately twenty minutes, K-9 Freya found the missing child, curled up, hiding in the woods.

The 14-year-old, although scared, was in good health. The entire search lasted about three hours. Sheriff Randy Smith says, “This potential tragic story finished with a happy ending. Our canines are amazing animals who are invaluable to our deputies and citizens.”