Missing Florida woman’s bottled scent helps police find her

The senior woman had bottled her own smell using a scent preservation kit in 2015. (Citrus County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)

By Jackie Dunham, CTV News, July 27, 2017 

When a woman with dementia disappeared from her home in Citrus County, Fla. on Monday night, police had more than just her description to guide their search – they had her scent.

Equipped with a jar of her personal smell, police dog named K9 Ally and its handler, Deputy Justin Williams, were able to track down the woman from the Sugarmill Woods community in less than five minutes.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office credited the “endangered” and “elderly” missing woman’s speedy rescue to the fact that she had used a scent preservation kit two-and-a-half years earlier.

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