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U.S. Border Patrol Canine Team Locates Missing Man and Child, Reunites Family

Release Date: 
July 22, 2016

PITTSBURG, N.H. — A U.S. Border Patrol canine team located a missing man and child near Pittsburg, N.H., on Tuesday. The search operation included the Pittsburg Police Department, New Hampshire Fish and Game, Border Patrol agents assigned the Beecher Falls, Vt., Station, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers assigned to the Pittsburg Port of Entry.

“This rescue significantly illustrates the fine work of Border Patrol agents and Field Operations officers, the unique abilities of Border Patrol canine assets, and the collective partnerships among all North Country law enforcement agencies,” said Paul Kuhn, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Beecher Falls Border Patrol station. “I can think of no better outcome than helping to reunite this family, and I am proud of the collective effort by our compassionate law enforcement professionals.”

A family of four was hiking south of the Second Connecticut Lake when a man and his daughter separated from his wife and another daughter. The wife flagged down a CBP officer on Route 3 near the Second Connecticut Lake at approximately 3:15 p.m. to report her 38-year-old husband and two-year-old daughter missing.  They had been hiking in an unfamiliar area, became separated, and the man and daughter had been out of contact for an hour and a half. 

The area is very remote and covered with dense forest. There are few roads in the area, and it is reportedly easy to become lost.

Authorities immediately initiated a search. A New Hampshire Fish and Game officer and a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent led those initial efforts.

U.S. Border Patrol agent and canine conduct a scent tracking exercise in this file photo..
U.S. Border Patrol agent and canine conduct a
scent tracking exercise in this file photo.

At about 3:45 p.m., two Border Patrol agents and a canine arrived and started their search about one-half mile south of the lake on the Falls Trail.  Shortly after, the canine detected a scent and tracked in a southern direction towards Magalloway Road.  After about 25 minutes, Border Patrol agents and canine located the hikers.  Both hikers were in good health.

Border Patrol agents walked the pair out of the forest and reunited them with their family.

One objective of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Strategic Plan is to engage the public to assist us in securing America’s borders. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity in the border area to the U.S. Border Patrol at 1-800-689-3362.

For more on CBP’s mission at our nation’s ports of entry with CBP officers and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the Border Security section of the CBP website.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017