Hero police dog finds missing man

Award-winning dog tracked down the 78-year-old who had been lost in the forest more than 24 hours.

Map of Pyhäntä area where the elderly man went missing / Credit: Google Maps

A police dog in northern Finland is being praised for his role in finding an elderly man lost in the forest.

The 78-year-old was reported missing on Wednesday in Pyhäntä, Northern Ostrobotnia, and had been alone in the forest since the day before.

Officers launched an initial search with a drone and several dogs. Later, more volunteers and a helicopter joined the rescue efforts.

But it was a tip from a hiker that put one particular police dog on the scent.

The missing man was tracked down, and discovered collapsed on the forest floor suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion. He was taken to hospital for immediate treatment.

“The dog won the Finnish police dog championship last year” explains Commander Kari Kallunki from Oulu Police.

But Kallunki doesn’t want to praise the dog too much, telling News Now Finland “at this point we need to only focus on work”.