Police dog locates missing man

Concerns for a man’s safety near a rural property close to Enderby resulted in a Vernon RCMP police service dog team being utilized

Concerns for a man’s safety near a rural property  close to Enderby resulted in a Vernon RCMP police service dog team being utilized.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, Vernon-North Okanagan rural RCMP rural officers were called to a report of a missing man in the Enderby area along Highway 97A.

“The report was that two men had been drinking and using drugs when they got into a dispute,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

One of the men, a 20-year-old from Mara, took off from the residence.

As it was a large rural property, and the temperature was below freezing at the time, there was a concern for his safety. Adding to the concern is there is a creek running along the property.

“One of our police dog teams was called to the area and they started to search for the missing man,” said Molendyk. “At about 6:20 a.m., the dog team was able to find the man under a tree.”

The man was conscious and able to walk out. He was transported to Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm to be checked out for hypothermia and his intoxication.