Last Wednesday, a 64-year-old Washington man and his dog, Daisy, went hiking to look for geocaches. When they hadn’t returned by nightfall, his worried wife called it in.
At daybreak on Thursday the local sheriff’s department started the search. The man had not left details about where he would be hiking, but he had been searching online for geocache locations in the Evans Creek area.
By late Thursday afternoon they had located his car, in which they discovered a list of local geocache sites. The team of searchers set out to check each site. An hour later, a deputy heard Daisy barking to draw their attention. Even knowing where she was, it was another 30 minutes before they could get up the steep embankment through thick woods and brush to reach them.
Although her owner had died, Daisy had stayed by his side and led searchers to his location. Reports say it appeared the man had fallen and injured himself. A medical examiner’s statement later concluded that he had died from heart disease. Due to the challenging location, the sheriff’s department said they would never have located him without Daisy’s help.
Many thanks to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma Mountain Rescue volunteers and Animal Control (who returned Daisy safely to her family) for working together on such a tough operation.
Remember, if you are going out hiking: always let someone know where you will be and when you are expected back. If the worst should happen, it can make a real difference if the emergency services can find you in time.