State Police Bloodhound Finds Missing Woman

A state trooper and a state police bloodhound found an 89-year-old Woodbury woman who suffers Alzheimer’s disease and was reported missing on Sunday evening.

The woman was reported missing at 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, 40 minutes after she was last seen at her home, according to state police.

State police, as well as members of the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, helped in the search and used the town’s reverse 911 system alerted residents.

Trooper Kerry Halligan and her K9, Texas, a nearly 2-year-old Bloodhound, were brought in to help with the search at 7:50 p.m. and found the missing woman around 40 minutes of searching.

She was in thick brush about a quarter mile from home, disoriented and appearing to be suffering from hypothermia, police said.

Woodbury Volunteer Ambulance brought her to Saint Mary’s Hospital to be evaluated.

State Police German Shepherds are trained in tracking and State Police Bloodhounds are used to pick up where patrol dogs leave off, according to state police.

They can follow older tracks with a higher percentage of success and can start a trail in a contaminated area due to their superior olfactory system and inherent tracking ability, according to state police.

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