A woman with dementia went missing. Fortunately, she'd bottled her scent

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

She had been missing for around two hours.

And the Florida sheriff's office wants that odd item to become more mainstream for that exact reason.

On Tuesday, deputies were called to find a missing woman with dementia, according to a Facebook post by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

In a Facebook post police said she stored the scent two and a half years ago, and a picture of the jar showed it was dated January 2015.

Scent preservation kits involve rubbing a pad on a person's underarm, then sealing it in a sterile jar so police dogs have a reliable scent to smell before looking for a missing person.

That kit allowed the canine, Ally, to find the woman within five minutes, according to the sheriff's office.

The unidentified woman was returned home and the dog was rewarded with a vanilla ice cream cone.

The kits are recommended for anyone with dementia, autism, Alzheimer's or similar conditions.

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