That’s why scent preservation kits come in handy.
A K-9 officer in Florida recently tracked down Blanche Davenport, a missing 88-year-old woman with dementia, with the help of such a kit. It was so useful that the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office even recommended it on its Facebook page.
The kits come with gauze pad to capture a person’s scent, a specialized jar to hold the pad, tape and labels. The scents can be preserved for years.
“If that person should wander off and get lost, we’ve got insurance in a jar,” Citrus County Deputy Nancy Suto told WFLA.
The kit helped K-9 Officer Ally find Davenport in five minutes — a job well done that earned her a vanilla ice cream cone, too.