Tracking dogs to help police locate missing persons

Tracking dogs Bella and Magnum
Tracking dogs Bella and Magnum

By Stephanie Lum - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two new crime aides will now help Hawaii's law enforcement officers.

The Department of the Attorney General's Missing Child Center of Hawaii introduced Bella and Magnum at a news conference on Thursday. They're scent-discriminating tracking dogs trained to locate and recover missing persons.

Bella, a Bloodhound, will assist the Honolulu Police Department while Magnum, a Labrador, will assist the Hawaii Police Department's canine unit.

The two dogs will also help locate lost hikers and persons suffering from dementia or other debilitating conditions, and with tracking escapees and fugitives.

"We are pleased to participate in this collaborative effort to provide the Honolulu and Hawaii police departments with this valuable resource. Bella and Magnum reinforce our commitment to protecting Hawaii's children and recovering missing persons," said Attorney General David Louie.

According to HPD Chief Louis Kealoha, more than 500 missing person reports are filed every year.

The two dogs were donated by the Atherton Family Foundation and the Friends of the Missing Child Center of Hawaii.

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