Hair stylist in Superior finds missing girl with autism

Hair stylist Natalie Berzoza

Hair stylist Natalie Berzoza

SUPERIOR, Colo. — A massive manhunt for a missing girl with autism ended with a haircut.

Alice Caver, 14, turned up Monday afternoon in a Great Clips hair salon in Superior, more than 10 miles away from where she disappeared.

Caver vanished after being dropped off at the Westminster Hills dog park with her dog named Chip on Sunday afternoon.

“Never in a million years did we think she was going to come here,” said Natalie Berzoza, the stylist who recognized her and called police.

Berzoza recognized Caver but wanted to make sure it was her before she called police, so she sat her down and started to cut her hair. Berzoza said the girl claimed to be a boy named Miles.

“That threw me off totally and I wasn’t sure if it was her or not,” she said.

But when she said she had a dog named Chip, Berzoza said she knew Miles was actually Alice.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ And then when she went to pay she didn’t have no money,” Berzoza said.

Berzoza sneaked to the back of the salon to call police while a colleague talked her into staying in the salon until officers arrived.

“I’m happy how it ended. Like I said, I would want somebody to do the same thing for me. It kind of hits home because I have a kid myself,” she said.

Caver’s dog was still missing Monday night. He’s described as being brown and weighing about 50 pounds.

Detectives said Caver told them the dog somehow broke free from his leash at the dog park and she got lost in the dark trying to find him.

When the sun rose, she told them she tried to walk home but went the wrong direction and ended up at the salon in Superior.