According to Washington state deputies in the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, a missing hiker may never have been found if it weren’t for his dog, Daisy. The 64-year-old man was reported missing by his wife a day after he had left to for a hike.
“‘The missing man reportedly often went hiking with his dog, but did not leave a note where he was going and had failed to return home after dark,’ the sheriff’s department said. ‘The man’s wife reported finding recent internet searches by her husband for geocaching in the Evans Creek area.’
Authorities searched the area, but had no luck. By 4:45 p.m., they had found his vehicle, which had a list of geocache locations that the team mapped out and set out to look through.
It wasn’t until nearly 6 p.m., when a deputy searching through one of the locations was startled by the sound of barking.”1
He continued hiking toward the sound of the dog’s barking and eventually spotted a dog matching Daisy’s description. After climbing another 30 minutes through thick woods, the man and Daisy were found. She hadn’t left his side.
All day yesterday our deputies & Search & Rescue Teams were out searching for a missing hiker near Eatonville. While this story has a sad ending, the love & loyalty of the missing man’s dog Daisy will amaze you. We never would have found him w/o her help: https://t.co/OuORgqx0dw pic.twitter.com/9GMkhd7444
— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) April 26, 2019
It appeared the man had died due to injuries from a fall. The department said, “This was a very sad end to a tough search, but we are incredibly proud of our deputies and the volunteers efforts to find the missing man and return him to his family. Without the barking of his loyal companion Daisy, we never would have located the missing man.”1
Our heart goes out to his family. We are so thankful for their loyal pup, Daisy, too.