Florida K-9 finds missing girl during Tropical Storm Elsa

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida sheriff’s K-9 found a missing 12-year-old girl Tuesday night after she went missing as Tropical Storm Elsa hit the state.

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Lee County Sheriff’s Office said K-9 Mercy responded as part of the ReUnite Program, a search and rescue operation for those at-risk, People reported.

“Despite severe weather from Tropical Storm Elsa, Mercy tracked the little girl for more than half a mile through thick woods,” the agency said on social media.

The girl was safely reunited with her family.

Mercy was given a badge in 2020 after graduating from a six-month training program, the News-Press reported.

The sheriff’s ReUnite Program is a partnership with the United Way and uses drones, bloodhounds and other technology to track and find missing and endangered people.

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Posted by Lee County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, July 7, 2021