Autistic Girl Found Clinging to Tree in NW Iowa River


By Aaron Hepker

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — An autistic girl has been rescued after she was found clinging to a tree in the Little Sioux River.

Eleven-year-old McKenzie Stevens was reported missing from her home in Spencer about 7 Saturday morning.

KITV-TV reports search crews tracked her to the river, about six blocks from her home. The girl's clothes were found on a trail and her footprints led to the water.

The girl was found clinging to a tree six miles downstream about five hours after she went missing. Authorities believe she was in the water for three hours.

Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson says Stevens doesn't usually talk much but she did thank her rescuers for saving her.

Stevens was taken to a hospital and was later released.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.

read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG