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Missing Dallas teen found safe in Denton County

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DALLAS - A missing special needs high school student from Dallas was found safe and in good condition in Denton County.

A Copper Canyon homeowner called 911 because her dogs were barking at a person hiding in the woods behind a backyard fence. Law enforcement officials confirmed it was Gonzales just before noon Thursday.

It's been a week since the 18-year-old was last seen at Sunset High School.

Police believe she left school early after a teacher reprimanded her for using a computer without permission. She was possibly spotted later on a train near the West end area of Dallas.

The Denton County Sheriff's Office began searching for her around Copper Canyon, southeast of Denton, on Wednesday.

A deputy spotted a girl in her late teens who was walking along Chin Chapel Road at about 5:30 p.m. He said she appeared disheveled, but told him that she was just walking to a friends house, was fine and that he should leave her alone. The deputy later recalled the missing person's report, but by that time the girl was gone, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies searched the woods Wednesday night with a K-9 unit. The dogs picked up on Gonzalez's scent, but lost it near Chip Chapel and Black Jack roads

The teams were out searching and knocking on doors again Thursday morning.

Gonzales' family and friends held a prayer vigil Wednesday on her school's campus in Oak Cliff. They said she has the mental capacity of a child.

Before the latest development, she had been spotted at several DART stations.

"We've been on the trains day and night. We have my parents come, and our church group helping us go back and forth on the trains giving flyers out at the West End station, Market Center," said Stephanie Molina, Gonzales's cousin.

Gonzales has disappeared at least twice before in 2011.
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