Happy ending to Cowichan missing persons case thanks to police dog

Police dog Halla came to the rescue after a woman went missing in Duncan on November 16. (Photo by Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

Cowichan Missing Persons Case Closed Thanks to Police Dogs

58-year-old Duncan woman recovering

On Wednesday, November 16, a 58-year-old Duncan woman was found safe with the help of her police dog Halla.

The woman is recovering after becoming disoriented during a cold and foggy night walk.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were called just after 5 a.m. when the woman’s roommate was concerned she hadn’t returned from an evening walk the night before.

The RCMP called on Hara and her human instructor, as well as the Cowichan Search and Rescue Team, to help. After about an hour and a half of searching, Hanla found the woman. She was suffering from mild hypothermia in a vacant lot near Westholme Road.

“Our police dog service is an invaluable asset to our operations, including finding missing persons,” Cpl said. BC RCMP spokesman Alex Bérubé. “The woman was taken by ambulance to hospital for further medical assessment.”

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