Police dog sniffs out missing child in Okanagan backcountry

Police canine Jagger located a missing child in the rural area of Spallumcheen on Nov. 2, RCMP said. Submitted

A missing child who wandered away from home in cold temperatures was found by a keen-eyed police dog with a strong sniffer.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP says on Nov. 2, a youth who experiences developmental delays walked away from a home in the 4600 block of Grandview Flatts Road.

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The rural area of Spallumcheen is located between Vernon and Enderby.

Once family members lost sight of the child, they contacted police around 3 p.m.

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Police officers, along with police canine Jagger, responded and swiftly conducted a search of the area.

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With temperatures falling, and darkness approaching, it became paramount to locate the child quickly, said Const. Chris Terleski.

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The Police Dog Service team located a track and, led by police canine ‘Jagger’, traced it through a wooded area to a gravel pit where the child was found in good condition,” he said.

The child was returned safely to his family.

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