Loyal to the end: Dog stands by owner’s side, barking for rescuers after hiker dies on trail

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The search for a hiker came to a tragic end after Washington state deputies discovered his body on Thursday.

Recovered thanks to the help of his loyal dog.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, search and rescue teams set out to find a 64-year-old man after his wife reported him missing along with his car and their dog.

The man had gone hiking Wednesday but never returned.

“The missing man reportedly often went hiking with his dog, but did not leave a note where he was going and had failed to return home after dark,” the sheriff’s department said. “The man’s wife reported finding recent internet searches by her husband for geocaching in the Evans Creek area.”

Authorities searched the area but had no luck.

Wednesday night, authorities located his car, which had a map of his possible hike. A team was deployed to search for the area that he may have hiked.

By 6 p.m. deputies that were searching one of the locations heard the sound of a dog barking. 


“The 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,” the sheriff’s department said. The deputy climbed another 30 minutes through thick woods until he reached the dog, who was by his owner.

The man had died from what appeared to be injuries from a fall, the sheriff’s department said. 


“This was a very sad end to a tough search, but we are incredibly proud of our deputies and the volunteer’s efforts to find the missing man and return him to his family,” the department said.
“Without the barking of his loyal companion Daisy, we never would have located the missing man.”

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