Middletown K-9 helps track down runaway children from the Mental Health Facility


Middletown police sent a post on their official Facebook page commending the actions of their K-9 Koda in finding runaway children on Wednesday morning.

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At approximately 3:20 a.m., Officer Bloom and K-9 Koda were called to a Mental Health Facility for children under the age of 18 for two runaway children.

According to police, they left the building and ran towards the woods.

Officer Bloom brought Koda to the area the children were last seen. After a period of time, Koda led the officers to the opening of a small grassy area leading to a thickly wooded area and began to show behavior changes that indicated he was picking up a human scent.

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Officer Bloom announced their presence and heard leaves crunching from a distance of approximately 40 – 50 yards into the woods and located both of the escapees.

They were both wearing thin layers of clothing and one  did not have shoes on. They were immediately assessed by medical staff.

Considering the temperature was in the mid 20’s, they were very lucky to be unharmed by the weather and returned to safety. 

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