Utah Police Dog Sniffs Out 'Missing' Boy — At The Bottom Of His Sister’s Sleeping Bag

When a mom couldn't find her young son, hero dog Beau just followed his nose — fast.

July 26, 2019
Talon, Police Officer Tom Smith, Beau [West Jordan Police Department]

Photo by: Talon, Police Officer Tom Smith, Beau [West Jordan Police Department]

Talon, Police Officer Tom Smith, Beau [West Jordan Police Department]

By: Mike McPadden

WEST JORDAN, UT — When a mom couldn’t find her young son at a Utah family gathering, she called the authorities and alerted neighbors and, from there, everyone pitched in to help find him. Then a police dog showed up, sniffed around, and instantly located the boy — snoozing soundly at the bottom of his sister’s sleeping bag.

According to the West Jordan Police Department, a mom named Nicole had brought her family to town to visit relatives, and all the kids in the house had gone down to the basement to camp out in sleeping bags.

At around 11:30 P.M., Nicole said she went to check on the children, and could not find her young son, Talon. The family members reportedly then searched the house, called the cops, and fanned out into the neighborhood to look for the missing child.

Responders also said they scoured the entire home and surrounding areas, but turned up nothing.

Eventually, Police Officer Tom Smith arrived with the West Jordan PD’s search-and-rescue K9 officer, Beau. Officer Smith quickly brought Beau to the basement so the dog could pick up Talon’s scent.

Once downstairs, Beau reportedly sniffed Talon’s sleeping bag and then immediately walked over to Talon’s sister’s sleeping bag. Witnesses said the dog instantly started nudging a lump in the bottom of the girl’s bag.

Sure enough, that “lump” turned out to be Talon, who had curled up down there and gone to sleep.

Nicole was delighted, Talon was safe, and Beau got a big, loving reward for a job well done (and so fast!).

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