POMONA – The Patrol Division of Pomona PD launched an extensive search for a missing elderly woman (80) on the evening of March 12th when her family’s efforts and concern for health and safety brought no results in the Phillips Ranch area of Pomona. The unnamed victim had wandered away, whereabouts unknown.
Sergeant Jon Edson announced, “Officer Conley, along with his partner K9 Jax (bloodhound), were requested and responded to the area to assist with the search. Jax was deployed and immediately picked up on a scent. Jax led officers to a hilly area behind Ranch Hills Elementary School. Jax and the officers followed the scent and eventually located the victim lying unconscious in the high brush.”
The victim, who was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in serious condition, was treated by medical staff. She is currently in stable condition.
Investigation determined that there was no crime nor foul play suspected.
Sgt. Edson added, “Without Jax and his keen sense of smell, it is possible that the victim would not have been found prior to her medical condition deteriorating to a point where she would not have been able to regain consciousness.”
The Pomona Police Department’s bloodhound program, active since 2006, fulfills the purposes of locating critically missing and lost persons, aiding in crime scene investigations, and suspect tracking. The K9 Unit receives extensive training and certification. Everyone is invited to meet them at future city-wide community events.