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Mercer County Sheriff’s Officer K-9 Tracks Missing Trenton Man to Delaware River

K9-Maverick-Mercer-County-Sheriffs-Officer-David-Smithson2-249x275The Mercer County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit located an 82-year-old Trenton resident who was missing from his residence since early Wednesday morning.

At 1 a.m. today, the Trenton Police Department requested the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit to help locate the man, who has dementia. He ran away from his home on the first block of Morningside Drive in the Glen Afton area.

After a half-hour search, Sherriff’s bloodhound K-9 Maverick and Sheriff’s Officer David Smithson, along with Trenton P.D. Detective Lisette Rios, tracked the man’s scent more than 2000 feet, across Route 29, over guardrails, through heavy brush, along the steep riverbank.

The man was then located in the waters of the Delaware, where he had been sitting in chest-high water for several hours. Smithson, along with Ewing Police Sergeant Jeff
Jacobs and Trenton Police Lieutenant Kenneth Zahn, jumped into the water to rescue him. The man, whose name is being withheld, was suffering from hypothermia. He was otherwise uninjured and taken by EMS to Capital Health Regional Medical Center. He was reunited later with his family.

Responders to the emergency were Trenton Police Department, Ewing Police Department,
Trenton Emergency Medical Service (TEMS), and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

“The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit has grown into a highly trained unit specializing in the pursuit of missing persons,” Sheriff Jack Kemler said. “We are pleased K-9 Maverick and a dedicated team of law enforcement officers located this individual quickly and saved him from
what could have been a fatal incident.”

The incident marks yet another significant save for K-9 Maverick and his handler, Sheriff’s Officer David Smithson. K-9 Maverick and Smithson tracked a mentally distraught person for three miles last Labor Day and located him unharmed in a roadside ditch near Washington’s Crossing.

Written by
Krystal Knapp

Krystal has been a journalist in the Trenton area since 1999. A graduate of Smith College and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is from Detroit. She likes baseball, cats, jazz, ukulele, typewriters, chai, and good coffee. Follow her @planettrenton.

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Written by Krystal Knapp