POWHATAN, Va. (WRIC) — The Powhatan’s Sheriff’s Office is applauding a K-9 deputy after it finds two missing children.
In a Facebook post Sunday morning, the Powatan Sheriff’s Office says two 8-year-old kids became lost in the woods before dusk on Saturday.
“My brother and my older friend came looking for us,“ said lost child Chloe Reese. “We thought it was like a chase game and then like we accidentally went to far, and we got lost.“
After a 45-minute search by parents and neighbors, the situation escalated as daylight became limited.
“We didn’t know what to do. So, like we forgot which path we went down so we’re like going through different paths trying to find the way back to our house,“ Reese said.
The Sheriff’s Office says that’s when Deputies were called in — along with K-9 deputy, Bane.
“We searched the house, like we always do then I got the dog out and we just began tracking through the woods,“ said Powhatan County Sheriff’s Deputy Quinn Pasi.
After less than 15 minutes in the woods, Bane was able to sniff out the children’s path and find them.
Now the children are home safe — according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“Finding a lost child is satisfying and around itself, but professionally it kind of reassures the training and the time that we put into the program that it’s actually working,“ said Quinn Pasi of Powhatan County Sheriff’s Deputy. “So that’s where I get a lot of the satisfaction from beyond the happiness of finding lost children.“
On social media, the Sheriff’s Office detailed the importance of continuing its K-9 program.
“Maintaining a K-9 program is expensive and very time consuming and that is why many agencies the size of the Powhatan Sheriff’s Office do not have one. But incidents like last night’s two 8 year old children being lost in the woods are why the Sheriff keeps the program going strong. “
As for Bane, he was rewarded with Chick-Fil-A ice cream after finding the missing children.