Bloodhound helps track down 2 missing girls in Florence County

Published: Jan. 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM EST
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Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office
Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two twin four-year-old girls that were reported missing were found safe Wednesday with the help of a Florence County Sheriff's Office tracking bloodhound team.

At about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to TV Road in Florence County, after the mother of the two girls reported the girls missing from her house, according to a news release from FCSO. The mother told deputies that the girls had been playing in the fenced-in backyard, which is surrounded by a wooded area. When the mother returned after feeding the family dogs, the gate was open and the children were gone.

An FCSO bloodhound tracking team was dispatched to the scene, and obtained a scent article from the children from inside the house, the release states. The dog began to track and found the girls several hundred yards from the house, cold and scared, but otherwise alright.

At about 12 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. Nunn confirmed the children were found safe.

"There is nothing more rewarding than returning a missing child, safe and sound to a frantic parent," Sheriff Kenney Boone stated.  "We are so fortunate to have these wonderful canines and their dedicated handlers to find the lost and the missing.  When it comes to children or the vulnerable, we will use everything at our disposal to find them."

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