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Lake County Sheriff K-9 unit finds missing suicidal woman in Antioch

Canine Dax | Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Lake County Sheriff Deputy John Forlenza and his canine partner Dax were lauded with finding a missing suicidal woman in Antioch early Sunday morning.

Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that deputies were called to a 32-year-old woman in mental distress at 2:30 a.m. in the 21600 block of West Grass Lake Road. The 911 caller said that the woman threatened to harm herself and left the home on foot.

Police began searching for the woman and a canine unit was called, bringing Deputy John Forlenza and Dax to the scene.

“Weather conditions were poor at the time, as it was cold, foggy, and raining. Based on K9 Dax’s behavior, it appeared the woman was moving to different locations to avoid being located,” Covelli said

After an hour of searching for the woman, Dax located her walking on Grass Lake Road. An ambulance transported the woman to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation.

“Our Canine Teams have a tremendous record of locating missing people and fleeing offenders.  We are very proud of Deputy Forlenza and Canine Dax for quickly locating this person who was in distress,” Sheriff John Idleburg said.