Sheriff’s bloodhound helps find missing Galloway woman

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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

GALLOWAY – K-9 bloodhound Luke proved himself to be a lot more “than nothing but a hound dog” Saturday, Jan. 11 to the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office as well as the community.

A 61-year-old woman had been reported missing at 5 p.m. by her husband from her Galloway home.


The Galloway Township Police Department began a search for the woman which lasted about an hour before they 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, 1 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, N.Y.  He specializes in missing persons, criminal apprehension and scent discrimination. He works with the officers when called upon to assist in finding Project Lifesaver clients who have wondered or have gone missing. 

The Project Lifesaver program, supported state-wide by the Sheriff's Association of New Jersey, locally by Atlantic County Intergenerational Services and non-profits, is a rapid response system that aids officers when tracking adults or children who stray from their homes, especially those impaired by Alzheimer's or 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.

For more information about this program or any other programs provided by the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office, see website at or call 609-909-7214.

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