Cassidy Chan
Cassidy Chan. Credit: San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says it has found a missing teenager and her dog in Poway.

Cassidy Chan, 13, and her family dog, Lucy, were found safe around 7 p.m. Wednesday near their home in the northern unincorporated area of Poway.  Both are doing OK and will soon be reunited with their family, authorities said.

“We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community, especially from the many people who came forward to offer their assistance in the search for Cassidy and Lucy,” said a statement.  “We also want to thank the media for their assistance.”

Deputies with the Poway Sheriff’s Station worked closely with the Sheriff’s Juvenile Services Group and Sheriff’s ASTREA (helicopter) to find Cassidy and Lucy. 

“A special thank you goes to the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Unit.  The all-volunteer unit performs wilderness and urban rescues, as well as searches for missing and at-risk persons.  Teams are available 24 hours per day to respond to local, state and federal agency requests.  To learn more about SAR, click here.

Cassidy left her Heritage Drive home to take the family dog for a walk shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. When she failed to return, relatives reported her missing, Lt. Kevin Ralph said.

Members of the sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit fanned out through areas around the girl’s home Wednesday morning in hopes of promptly locating her.

City News Service contributed to this article.