Maine Warden K9 Luna starts over, locating missing Etna man

A Maine K9 game warden did it again, locating a missing man on Mount Etna who was in distress after a night in the woods.

How did K9 Luna and Guardian Latti find Mr. Nolin?

Of course, K9 Luna didn’t do it all on her own, but this dog proved to be very adept at locating missing people. This time it was Joseph Nolin, 74, who disappeared while checking his son’s game cameras. Family members said Nolin suffered from a medical condition, so they were concerned when he did not return home.

A search has been launched for the missing man, with Luna and Warden Latti searching a nearby bog. Suddenly, K9 Luna reported that she had smelled Nolin. She started running just before Latti heard the man scream. Luna then stopped about 200 yards away and began barking, her signal that she had found the missing person. It was around 1:45 a.m. Monday afternoon and Mr. Nolin had been missing for almost 30 hours. It was located about a mile from his home, in deep woods at the edge of a bog.

What was Mr. Nolin’s state of health when he was discovered?

Guardians say he was in real trouble, unable to move, hypothermic and dehydrated after spending a night in the woods with temperatures dropping below zero. According to Latti, Mr. Nolin would later tell his son that he heard a bell, which was the bell on Luna’s necklace.

Then suddenly a black lab appeared and started licking him and he knew he was saved.

Officials say the man was unable to move, but was alert and talkative, telling them how he turned and got lost. The guards gave him food and Gatorade, and warmed him with blankets as they figured out how they were going to carry him through a mile of woods. Once he was, literally, out of the woods, a Maine Forest Service helicopter ferried him to a waiting ambulance near his son’s house. Officials say he was warm enough that he was released from medical care after he was rehydrated and his body temperature returned to normal.

What other searches were solved by Latti and Luna?

This was a collaborative effort between multiple agencies, and I don’t want to minimize their contributions. But I’m a huge fan of K9 Luna, who has been a very successful search and rescue dog. In September, Luna tracked down a 35-year-old woman from New Hampshire who had gotten lost in Berwick. A year ago, Luna tracked down an 80-year-old man with dementia who went missing in Oxford. In August 2021, K9 Luna found an 11-year-old girl with autism in Gorham.

Today is National Cook Day for your pet. I think K9 Luna deserves a T-bone. Good dog.

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