Local community, agencies team up to successfully locate missing man in wooded area

Nataoganeg, New Brunswick – The New Brunswick RCMP is extending its thanks to the people of Nataoganeg (Eel Ground) First Nation, as well as to partner agencies, following the successful rescue of a man lost in the woods near the community.

On April 11, 2022, at approximately 9:35 p.m., members of the Sunny Corner RCMP received a report of a 61-year-old man who had not returned home. The man had left his home around 6 p.m. to walk his dog in the woods. Concerns were raised when it began getting dark and he had not returned.

Sgt. Michel L'Italien and Klue from the RCMP Police Dog Services
Sgt. Michel L’Italien and Klue from the RCMP Police Dog Services

Members of Sunny Corner RCMP, along with RCMP Police Dog Services, Miramichi Fire Department and Miramichi Police Force, responded to the scene to search for the man. Members of Nataoganeg First Nation also helped with the search, which covered close to 10 kilometres of trails through the woods.

As the search efforts progressed, RCMP dog handler, Sgt. Michel L’Italien, and his canine partner, Klue, began searching off the existing trail. The pair tracked through rough terrain, including through swamp, frozen bodies of water, and snow covered woods for several hours. Around 4 a.m. the following morning, they successfully and safely located the missing man and his dog. The man and his dog were transported out of the woods by ATV with assistance from Miramichi Fire Department. The man was assessed by paramedics at the scene before returning home.

“This was exceptional work by all those involved, and we are grateful for the assistance of the local community and so many partner agencies,” says Sgt. Éric Dubé, with the Sunny Corner RCMP. “I also want to take a moment to highlight the incredible work by our RCMP telecommunication operators, who were instrumental in coordinating the search efforts of everyone on the ground. This is Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, and this incident is a perfect example of how vital they are to police operations and keeping everyone safe.”

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