K-9 saves life of missing man with Alzheimer’s

K-9 saves life of missing man with Alzheimer’s

A Grant County Sheriff’s K-9 is being credited with saving the life of a man with Alzheimer’s disease, who wandered away from his home overnight.

A woman called deputies around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, and said that her 85-year-old husband was missing from their home in the 11000 block of Road A-Northwest, just southeast of Ephrata.

Additional units were called in, due to the freezing outside temperatures. Searchers combed the area on foot, and used a thermal imaging camera, but did not find the man.

K-9 Grizzly and handler Deputy Dave De La Rosa arrived and found the man within minutes in a large hole about 100 yards from the home. The man had injured his ankle and was unable to walk. He was taken by ambulance to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata for treatment of cold exposure and the ankle injury.

It is unknown how long the man was outside.