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Today we received this message from an INBTI member regarding a successful find they had on 6 May 2017.
"I just wanted to share some great news with you guys. Tonight at 8:00 I got called as search team leader to deploy our local county search team to look for a male 88yr old dementia subject, missing for about 3 hours.
I responded directly to PLS, collected a scent article - a pillow used only by the subject. I then did a scent audit of the entire house with Duke my 8 yr old bloodhound and took a large circle around the house ruling out several deputies and bystanders.
I prescented, harnessed and scented off the pillow. Duke immediately took the trail, went right through bystanders, around them and got on trail. About .6 of a mile in my flankers found fresh foot prints and Duke was still on trail.
At about .8 or a mile of trail we seemed to be in a scent pool, fortunately there were fences limiting the heading options. At almost the same time Duke committed to the road to the left and flankers found a confirming foot print.
At about 1.1 miles into the trail we were at a complicated cross road of gates, farm lot, power lines, roads. As we focused on the prints for a quick moment Duke headed straight to the barns (multiple) on the farm lot.
When we shined the light to see which barn Duke was interested in a flanker saw the man standing in a barn. Duke was at a barn between us and the subject. We ran to the subject and Duke followed.
We took care of the subject and got him packaged, he was in ok condition but was in serious trouble had he not been found (10:15pm) considering he had fallen and blacked his eye and cut his head. After we got him in the ambulance we found that he had fallen just outside the first barn where Duke had stopped to check, he was still on track we just saw the subject before he did!
This was very rewarding to me, and I give much credit to Duke, my flankers (prints were key), and of course the Kocher method. Special thanks to Kevin Pirtle, who I need to find time to train more with.
Thanks keep spreading the work you do."