Police K-9 finds lost North County Trail hiker

 Snow-covered trees in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (WLUC image)
Snow-covered trees in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (WLUC image) (WLUC)
Published: Jan. 17, 2020 at 8:35 AM EST
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A woman is safe after getting lost while hiking on the


According to the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, its central dispatch received a 911 call at 5:35 p.m. Thursday from a man who said his 30-year-old girlfriend was lost in the woods off of M-28 east of Strongs.

The man reported that he had dropped her off at 2:45 p.m. so she could go hiking on the North Country Trail. The man later received a text from her saying she was lost in the woods.

Chippewa County deputies responded to the scene. The sheriff's office snowmobile patrol and drone pilots were also called out. A K-9 was requested and the Sault Tribe K-9 unit also responded.

Authorities say the weather was cold, windy and snowing off and on. Officers were not able to find footprints where the woman initially entered the woods. Dispatchers attempted several calls to the missing woman.

Snowmobile patrol and the drone were both out searching, along with the K-9 unit.

At about 8:43 p.m., the Sault Tribe K-9 unit found the woman safe and sound. She was taken out of the woods by snowmobile patrol. Her name was not released.

Chippewa County Sheriff Michael Bitnar thanks the Sault Tribe K-9 unit, central dispatch and deputies.

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