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Sleepwalking teen found 9 miles away


ARVADA, CO (ABC/KMGH) -- A 19-year-old sleepwalker who disappeared from her home in Arvada early Tuesday morning has been found safe -- nine miles away.

Investigators think Taylor Gammel walked most of the distance, and may have also taken a bus, all in her sleep!

She ended up at her uncle's house in Westminster, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Gammel left her house in north Jefferson County early Tuesday morning, investigators said.

Her father, when he noticed her missing, immediately notified police. He told officers that this was not the first time she has sleepwalked and he was concerned for her safety.

For roughly two hours, more than 20 Arvada officers and Jefferson County deputies searched for the girl. An eyewitness reported seeing her at a nearby bus stop. A bloodhound brought out by deputies also tracked Gammel to a 7-Eleven that has a bus stop nearby.

"That's where the bloodhound lost the track, so we think there's a distinct possibility that she got on that bus," said Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

Around 9 a.m. the teen, who was wearing sweatpants, a shirt and just socks, woke up and realized she was in Westminster, police said.

She is now home safe with her family.

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