Police dog’s nose locates at-risk woman in Richmond


A Richmond police dog is credited with locating a missing at-risk woman who was found “partially dressed and extremely cold” Wednesday night, police said.

The incident unfolded about 9:30 p.m. in the neighborhood near Atlas Road and Richmond Parkway, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

Police responded to a call about a woman who had gone missing. She had suffered three strokes in the past and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of dementia, Tan said.

Several officers responded along with an ambulance. The police response included the police dog named Ronin.

At the scene, police introduced Ronin to the missing woman’s scent, Tan said. After 15 minutes of tracking her, Ronin’s powerful nose led officers to the woman.

“As reported, the woman was partially dressed and extremely cold,” Tan said. “She was immediately placed inside the cadet’s warm patrol car while the ambulance responded to their location. The woman was eventually taken to the hospital for treatment.”