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Missing Fla. woman found because she saved her scent with kit

by: Sarah Elsesser, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Updated:

IRVERNESS, Fla. - A Florida woman with dementia, who was missing for hours, was found within five minutes of a K-9 being dispatched all because she saved her scent. 

Deputy Justin Williams and a K-9 named Ally tracked down the missing, endangered elderly woman Tuesday using a scent preservation kit she made two years ago. 


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The kits require people to swab under their arms with a sterile pad and seal it inside a container. If the person ever goes missing, the unique smell captured can easily be tracked by a K-9. 

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“The woman was returned home safely and K9 Ally was rewarded with a special treat, a tasty vanilla ice cream cone,” the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook