CT State Police K-9 helped track missing 89-year-old woman by smelling pillowcase


ANDOVER, Conn. (WTNH) — When K-9 Ruby catches a scent, nothing stands in her way.

“I obtained a pillowcase from the missing person’s bed,” said Trooper Kyle Gorra.

With the smell of the pillowcase, they went off in the Andover woods last week. This was after a family called police saying their 89-year-old mother, Mary Merryman, of Andover, disappeared.

When no one had heard from her in two days, Ruby — a bloodhound who has been with Troop E for nearly three years — and Trooper Gorra went to work.

“She started working her way towards the neighboring property, her posture lowers, there’s a pull on the lead; I could tell that she was on,” said Trooper Gorra.

The pair tracked the woman’s scent for about a half a mile, but the woman was found in the woods only a couple hundred yards from her home.

“She was lying face down, she was unable to get up,” said Gorra. “She [Ruby] found her, especially being out there that long, that long of a delay possibly and for her to work through all of that. It was pretty amazing.”

Luckily, Trooper Gorra was with another trooper who was also a registered nurse and was able to give aid to the woman immediately. She was not seriously hurt and Trooper Gorra got to deliver the good news to the family.

“They were very happy that their mother was located.”

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