Posted: Fri 19th Jan 2018

Missing person found safe and well following multi-agency search in Halkyn area on Thursday evening

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Jan 19th, 2018

A multi-agency search was launched in the Halkyn area on Thursday evening following reports a 32-year-old female had gone missing.

In an update on social media, Police asked the public for help in locating the person who, it’s reported was last seen at 5.30pm on Thursday.

Volunteers from Mold based North East Wales Search and Rescue along with four dog teams carried out extensive ground searches for the missing person.

A police helicopter was brought in just after 8.15pm and began an extensive search of the Halkyn area focusing on open ground surrounding Castle Wood around half a mile from junction 32b of the A55, it returned to it’s Hawarden Airport base at 9.10pm.

Shortly after midnight search dog Izzy and her handler located the missing person safe and well.

A spokesperson the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) said;

‘SARDA Wales were contacted shortly before 8pm yesterday evening to assist North Wales Police with a search for a High-Risk Missing Person in the Halkyn area. The North East Wales Search and Rescue were also called.

We deployed two Open Area Search Dogs and one Trailing Dog. Shortly after midnight, news came that the missing person had been located safe and well although cold by Search Dog ‘Izzy’ and her Handler Ester.’

Commenting on social media a Cheshire Search and Rescue team spokesperson said;

Congratulations to Ester and Izzy who are both well known to Cheshire Search and Rescue team members! 

It takes years to train a search dog, and handlers put in thousands of hours (and £’s!) to provide this service voluntarily.

Well done to all involved in such a great result.

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