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91-Year-Old Missing Man Found Alive Thanks to Help of K9 Unit


It’s difficult when someone we love goes missing, especially when that person is very young or very old and may not be able to protect themselves from others or the elements.

Sometimes people who wander off have other conditions, too, that make their absence even more dangerous, so the sooner a search can be organized, the better.

In Greenville County, South Carolina, an elderly gentleman by the name of Bronishaw Grodzki went missing on Sunday. Information was shared on Facebook in a bid to locate him and bring him home.

“The Sheriff’s Office is currently on scene in the 200 block of Rivers Edge Circle in Simpsonville regarding a missing person case,” posted Crime Stoppers of Greenville on Jan. 27.

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“Deputies are searching for 91-year-old Bronishaw Grodzki, male, 4’11”, 119 lbs, last seen wearing grey sweatpants, green jacket, black beanie, and tennis shoes. He walks with a cane. Mr. Grodzki is Polish and only understands a little English.”

“He was last seen at about 9 AM this morning when he went for a walk. Deputies are using K9s and air support in the search for Mr. Grodzki.”

“If anyone has seen him or comes in contact with him, they are asked to call 911 and keep him in sight until authorities can arrive.”

The Crime Stoppers of Greenville shared a positive update around 2:00 p.m. the same day, stating that the wayward gentleman had been found and returned, thanks to the help of a very nosy canine.

“UPDATE: Mr. Grodzki has been found by K9 bloodhound Josie (photo in comments below), and he is receiving medical treatment,” they wrote. “Thank you for sharing.”

While the extent of the medical treatment and Grodzki’s current condition are not known, thanks to this bloodhound, he’s back where he belongs.

Bloodhounds are notorious for their droopy appearances and keen senses — their long ears actually help them smell things better, since they trap scents and lead them to the dog’s nose. The AKC describes them as “easygoing, but their nose can sometimes lead them into trouble.”

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They’re also quite stubborn, and it takes a strong and firm person to handle them well. But once they’re trained, they can easily go for miles at a time without stopping.

Because of their acute noses and stamina, they’re often used to track missing persons or escapees. Josie has proven that she’s good at what she does, and Greenville County should feel a little safer with her around.

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