Paramedic's gut instinct leads to identification of teen found in Raleigh, reported missing in another state

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Raleigh paramedic's gut instinct leads to ID of missing teen
"It just sent off red flags and it was like, 'no there's something way off about this,'" Wake County paramedic Nick Naylor said.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- On his first call of the day, Wake County paramedic Nick Naylor had a gut feeling.

"It just sent off red flags and it was like, 'no there's something way off about this,'" Naylor said.

Naylor and his partner Rick Reynoso responded to North Raleigh with police.

"They had gotten a call of a young lady walking around," Naylor said.

Immediately, something just didn't feel right.

"I can't say that it was just one thing. It was just really little things piecing together and gut instinct," Reynoso said.

After checking on her medical wellbeing, Reynoso and Naylor took the young girl to the hospital. But they knew their jobs weren't done.

"I began to research a little bit, typed in a google search and I just kind of started going through all the stuff and she popped up," Naylor said.

What popped up was a tweet from a police department in another state. The patient had been reported missing.

"Things just didn't match up as we were talking to her," said Reynoso. "Here she is, eight hours from home with no family nearby. I would've been very worried if it was my kid, and I'd want people to follow up to be sure she was okay."

Because of these paramedics' quick actions, she's now safe.

"At the end of the day it's about being there and making that difference and I give thanks knowing that we saw it through to the end," Naylor said.