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A Dog Stayed By His Owner's Side After He Died On A Hike, Helping Rescuers Find Them

"Without the barking of his loyal companion Daisy, we never would have located the missing man,โ€ said the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Posted on April 27, 2019, at 12:05 p.m. ET

Pierce County Sheriff's Department

After a man went missing in Washington state on Thursday, a rescue team was led to his body when the manโ€™s loyal dog, having stayed by his side, started barking and drew attention to the pair, officials said.

According to a lengthy Facebook post from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, the unidentified 64-year-old man's wife reported him missing when he and his dog, Daisy, did not return home after a hike Wednesday, an activity he did often.

Authorities started to search for the missing man at daybreak Thursday, searching by foot and also trying to ping the manโ€™s cellphone to find his location.

Eventually authorities found the manโ€™s parked car and discovered a list of geocache locations inside the car. They used maps to find some of those nearby locations, but ultimately it was the dogโ€™s barking that helped the rescue team find the manโ€™s body.

โ€œThe newest member of our Search & Rescue Team heard the sound of a dog barking as he was searching his mapped location,โ€ the Pierce County Sheriff's Department detailed on Facebook.

โ€œThe deputy continued hiking toward the sound of the dog's barking, and spotted a dog matching the description of Daisy up a very steep embankment above the Marshall River. Our deputy hiked another 30 minutes through the thick woods and brush up to the dog's location, where he located the missing man,โ€ the Sheriff's Department continued.

In the Facebook post, the Sheriff's Department also said the man appeared to have suffered injuries from a fall.

"This was a very sad end to a tough search, but we are incredibly proud of our deputies and the [volunteers'] efforts to find the missing man and return him to his family," the department said.

โ€œWithout the barking of his loyal companion Daisy, we never would have located the missing man,โ€ it wrote. โ€œIt was amazing.โ€