K-9 team locate missing woman in Galloway

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Bloodhound Luke pictured with his K-9 Officer Joseph Kleinow./Submitted Bloodhound Luke pictured with his K-9 Officer Joseph Kleinow./Submitted

A 61-year-old woman was reported missing from her home in Galloway Saturday, Jan. 12.  According to reports, the woman had been seen at home early that morning but was reported missing to Galloway Township Police Department by her husband about 5 p.m.

Galloway Township Police began a search for the woman which lasted about an hour.  At this time, Galloway Township Police requested assistance from the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office and their Bloodhound Luke.  K-9 Officer Joseph Kleinow and K-9 partner Luke responded to the scene and began a search for the missing woman.

Following the scent from an article of her clothing, Luke was able to lay down a scent track that led officers to the missing women within 15 minutes, one mile away from her home.

“Atlantic County is lucky to have an asset like Luke at its disposal,” Sheriff Frank X. Balles said. “I commend the officers of the Galloway Township Police Department for reaching out for the assistance of the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office so quickly, for the benefit of its residents.  This is a fine example of the shared service we are trying to provide to the residents of this county.”

A valuable member of the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office, Luke is an experienced tracker who is now certified by the National Police Bloodhound Association in Salamanaca, New York.  Luke specializes in missing persons, criminal apprehension and scent discrimination. He works with the officers when called upon to assists in finding Project Lifesaver clients who have wondered or gone missing. 

The Project Lifesaver Program, supported state-wide by the Sheriff's Association of New Jersey, locally by Atlantic County Intergenerational Services and other non-profits, is a rapid response system that aids officers when tracking adults or children who stray from their homes due to Alzheimer's and Autism. Each client is provided a bracelet that transmits an individualized tracking signal.  If the client is reported missing, the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office will respond and follow the signal to recover the client.  Most who wander are safely found within a few miles from home.

If you would like more information about this program or any other programs provided by the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office, go to their website  or call 609-909-7214.

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