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Kentucky police searching for autistic woman

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Police launched a search Monday night for an autistic woman who walked away from the hospital where her aunt works.

Police also issued a Golden Alert.  This is similar to an Amber Alert, except it is for adults with special needs.

Police say Kayla Burgess, 20, was last seen around 2:30p.m. Monday at Lourdes Hospital.

Family members called police around 6:45p.m.  According to Paducah police, the organization "A Child Is Missing" is also helping.  The agency has been making automated telephone calls to all telephone numbers in Paducah.

Police say Kayla is autistic and requires medication. 

Kayla is about five feet tall, 87 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.  She was last seen wearing a gray shirt, black glasses, a black fedora hat and a black pea coat.

Tuesday morning police were going to local businesses showing her picture trying to find out if anyone had seen her.

Kayla's from Owensboro.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Paducah police at 270-444-8550.

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