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Monday, November 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Dog leads searchers to body of owner who died while hiking

Associated Press

TACOMA – An Eatonville, Washington, man died while hiking, but his dog wouldn’t leave his side and eventually alerted rescuers to their location.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said Friday that the 64-year-old man had gone hiking with his dog, Daisy, on Wednesday. The man’s wife called 911 early Thursday to report him missing.

The News Tribune reported searchers began looking in the thickly wooded area.

On Thursday afternoon, a searcher heard a dog barking and followed the sound.

Eventually, searchers found Daisy next to the body of her owner.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said the man died from heart disease.

The sheriff’s department said they would not have found the body if not for the dog’s barking.

Daisy has since returned home.

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