Missing Holt man located by K9 teams after hike through woods and swamp


Okaloosa Correctional Institution and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office K9 teams search for a missing Holt man Sunday. (photo courtesy of the OSCO)

HOLT, Fla., July 10, 2017—A Holt man is safe thanks to the efforts of K9 teams from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Okaloosa Correctional Institution and other first responders.

The 48-year-old individual was reported missing from Leisure Lane around noon Sunday by family members who say he was confused and disoriented due to medications.

A search of the immediate area did not turn up any clues.

OCI K-9 “Pearl” and her handlers, along with OCSO K9 Deputies, ultimately tracked the individual down a dirt road, into the woods and through the swamp. He was located around 7:19 p.m. Sunday asleep on a trail.

The man was exhausted and dehydrated but otherwise unharmed. He was transported to North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview for evaluation.

The OCSO wants to remind residents of two programs offered by the agency designed to help quickly locate loved ones who are confused or would be unable to look after themselves if they wandered away from their home.

Details on the Take Me Home program can be found on the OCSO webpage at:

The OCSO is also involved with Project Lifesaver.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office release


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