Using the scent from a piece of clothing, a police dog helped Belmont officers locate a missing woman on Monday near Water Dog Lake.
According to Belmont Police Department spokesperson Capt. Pat Halleran, the dog, Kilo, and his partner, Officer Dan Friedman, were deployed Monday afternoon to help locate a 47-year-old woman who was reported missing from her Elder Drive home.
Halleran said that at about 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, police were called to a home on Elder Drive, regarding a woman who was reportedly despondent and may have become lost somewhere in the nearby 260-acre Water Dog Lake Park.
Officer Friedman and his K-9 partner Kilo arrived at the scene at about 11:30 a.m., and using an article of the missing woman's clothing began to track her from the trailhead near the Elder Drive residence.
Kilo tracked the victim using the scent from her clothing along several hiking trails, finally locating her lying in some underbrush several hundred yards from the residence.
Police say the woman did not appear to be injured but was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.
"This case is another example of the value of a well-trained police dog", said Police Chief Dan DeSmidt.