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‘Like watching a Navy SEAL extraction’: Video shows Colo. K-9 locating missing elderly woman

“This is a friendly dog, he found you! We’re gonna get you home, OK?” Greenwood Village Police Department Officer Austin Speer told the woman

By Joanna Putman

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — An 85-year-old woman was rescued thanks to the efforts of a K-9 named Mercury after she went missing during a walk and was found clinging to a tree down a steep ravine, USA Today reported.

The Greenwood Village Police Department was alerted by a family member and quickly dispatched Officer Austin Speer and K-9 Mercury, who located her within minutes despite her being out of sight from the roadway, according to the report.

“This is a friendly dog, he found you! We’re gonna get you home, OK?” Officer Speer reassured the woman as captured in body camera footage later shared by the police department on Facebook.

Mercury, who has been with the department for a year and a half, is trained in tracking missing persons and detecting narcotics, according to the report. The rescued woman was safely returned to her family following the incident. The woman’s son, Pete Holman, expressed his gratitude on Facebook.

“I had been searching for her for two hours and Mercury and officer Speer found her in 10 minutes: UNBELIEVABLE! It was like watching a Navy Seal extraction,” Holman stated.

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