A Cleveland Transportation Security Officer recently helped reunite a 13-year-old girl with her family. The girl had been missing for more than two weeks.
Lori Neuffer, a Master Behavior Detection Officer, was deployed in the city on a transportation security prevention and response operation with partnering law enforcement agencies when she saw the young girl and noticed she was in emotional distress. Neuffer learned from a transit authority employee, whom the young girl was talking to, that the girl was dropped off in the area two weeks before and was attempting to get back to Akron, Ohio – about 45 minutes away.
A transit authority police officer arrived on the scene and Neuffer continued to interact with the stranded young girl because of an obvious rapport Neuffer had developed with her. Neuffer learned that the girl was in the 8th grade and spent the previous two weeks unsupervised in Cleveland.
Neuffer also worked with a Federal Air Marshal who was leading her team and provided the girl’s information to the transit authority police officer, including the girl’s address and her mother’s contact information.
A missing child report was on file for the young girl, who was reunited with her relieved mother.
By Sam Hemoud, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport