Missing Florida woman with Dementia found with help of scent-preservation kit

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Police found a missing Florida woman with Dementia by using a dog to track her scent, bottled years ago in a scent-preservation kit.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said in a Facebook post that the woman, who was not named, created a scent-preservation kit two-and-a-half years earlier. Deputy Justin Williams found the kit in the woman’s home and was able to locate her with the help of a dog in five minutes.

The woman was missing from her home for two hours when authorities began the search.

“The woman was returned home safely, and K9 Ally was rewarded with a special treat, a tasty vanilla ice cream cone,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.

Scent-preservation kits typically include a specialized jar, sterile gauze pad, tamper-proof tape and labels with instructions for use. People swipe under their arms with the gauze pad and bottle it.

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