St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Bloodhound Team Find Missing Adult with Autism
New SJSO Bloodhound, K9 Daisy, Confirms Suspect Trail
St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Dep. Melanie Merritt and her brand new bloodhound, K9 Daisy, successfully confirmed an 18-hour aged trail of a suspect during a search conducted on Oct. 8, 2020, in St. Johns County. K9 Daisy met Dep. Merritt only a few weeks before and the new K9 team are already providing results that create a safer community for the people of St. Johns County Florida.
K9 Daisy was trained by Scent Evidence K9 and has been making headlines since she was a puppy after being named to honor Rep. Scott Plakon’s wife, Susie, who passed from Alzheimer’s Disease. Daisies were Susie Plakon’s favorite flower. K9 Daisy is specially-trained to find missing persons and bring them home safe. THANK YOU St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office for your hard work! Read more about K9 Daisy HERE.
St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Enhance K9 Resources with Bringing The Lost Home Project
St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office held a well-attended press conference announcing their expanded K9 resources and Scent Kit Program to help recover missing persons faster and save lives. The expanded K9 Training program, Missing Person Response Protocol Training, and Alzheimer’s Awareness Training are part of The Bringing The Lost Home Project championed by Rep. Scott Plakon. The Bringing The Lost Home Project is part of a bill in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Project that provides advanced K9 search response methods and innovative scent collection technology to participating Florida agencies. The bill, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2019 and 2020 has so far included Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments in Bay, Sumter, Seminole, Leon(Tallahassee PD), St. Johns, Franklin, Lee, and Marion Counties.
Bringing The Lost Home also increases community awareness of wandering events that occur with high-risk populations with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia and autism. The BTLH Project implements a Scent Kit Program in each county to provide residents with a way to pre-collect the unique scent of a family member or someone they care for that is at risk of wandering and going missing. Having a Scent Kit prepared in advance gives K9 responders an uncontaminated scent article to search with, resulting in faster recovery times and more accurate searches. Read all about the Bringing The Lost Home Project in the News coverage from the St. Johns Press Conference below.
To learn how The Scent Kit can protect your loved ones before they wander and go missing CLICK HERE.