CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — The Camden County Sheriff’s Department is praising the keen nose of one of its K9 members for locating a woman lost in the woods in Linn Creek on Sunday night.

According to the department, a woman called authorities saying her 75-year-old sister had gone missing from her Linn Creek home. As deputies were on their way to the home, the woman contacted Life Alert on her cell phone and said she was lost in the woods behind her house.

 Deputies and troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol searched the woods, but daylight was fading and they could not find her. One deputy injured his foot while helping scour the darkening woods. The woman’s cell phone battery was dying, making it even more difficult to locate her.

Then Deputy Gary Cyrus and his K9 partner Nutmeg, a female bloodhound, arrived. Nutmeg was able to find the woman quickly, and deputies helped her back to a waiting ambulance at the home. She was uninjured, however, and was able to return home and rest.

Sheriff Dwight Franklin thanked all the deputies and troopers who helped with the search, and lauded Nutmeg for her help in bringing the woman home safely.