Missing Florida woman found because she saved her scent with kit

IRVERNESS, Fla. — A Florida woman with dementia, who was missing for hours, was found within five minutes of a K-9 being dispatched all because she saved her scent.

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Deputy Justin Williams and a K-9 named Ally tracked down the missing, endangered elderly woman Tuesday using a scent preservation kit she made two years ago.

Do you have a SCENT PRESERVATION KIT? K9 Ally hopes that you do. Last night K9 Ally and her handler, Deputy Justin...

Posted by Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The kits require people to swab under their arms with a sterile pad and seal it inside a container. If the person ever goes missing, the unique smell captured can easily be tracked by a K-9.

"The woman was returned home safely and K9 Ally was rewarded with a special treat, a tasty vanilla ice cream cone," the Citrus County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook.