April 11, 2014 - 12:36 PM
VERNON - A police dog helped Mounties locate and rescue a missing woman who apparently intended to kill herself Tuesday.
An ambulance was intitially called to the residence but couldn't find the 53-year-old woman, though they found fresh blood in the area. A family member told them they received a call from the woman, who said she was planning to harm herself. Police were called and they began a search but were unable to locate her. A few minutes later, a police service dog team arrived, and the pooch was able to establish a track.
The scent first led to a spot 75 metres from the house where the woman had apparently paused, before carrying on another 500 metres across an open field into heavy brush. The woman was found lying near a tree. Police say she was weak from her injury. She was treated by ambulance personnel and transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
"If it had not been for the quick action of the family member, emergency personnel and especially the police service dog team, the outcome for this woman would have been far more tragic," Spokesperson for the Vernon RCMP, Gord Molendyk said in a press release.
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