Hiker died in fall but dog stayed by his side, barking to alert rescuers day later

The dog of a hiker who died in a fall stayed by her owner’s side and alerted the rescue team of the man’s location with her bark, police say.

A search and rescue team with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Washington found the hiker Thursday after he and his dog Daisy had gone out Wednesday morning, the department said in a Facebook post.

“Without the barking of his loyal companion Daisy, we never would have located the missing man. It was amazing,” the department said.

The 64-year-old Washington man, who lived near Eatonville, south of Tacoma, regularly went on hikes with Daisy. But by Wednesday evening, they weren’t back, and the man had left his wife no note about where they had gone.

The man’s wife called 911 and rescue teams began their search early Thursday, the sheriff’s department said.

Deputies were able to locate the man’s cellphone signal location and eventually spotted his car.

It wasn’t until evening that a search and rescue team member heard Daisy’s bark.

“The deputy continued hiking toward the sound of the dog’s barking, and spotted a dog matching the description of Daisy up a very steep embankment above the Marshall River,” the sheriff’s department said.

After hiking through thick woods and brush to Daisy, the deputy found the man dead from apparent injuries from a fall, the department said.

The hiker’s body was recovered and Daisy was returned home, the sheriff’s department said.

“This was a very sad end to a tough search, but we are incredibly proud of our deputies and the volunteers efforts to find the missing man and return him to his family,” the department said.

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