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Missing Bernardston 12-year-old found

BERNARDSTON — A quick response and a bloodhound with an effective nose located a 12-year-old briefly missing Sunday afternoon.

Bernardston Police Chief James Palmeri said Sgt. Jason Bassett responded to a Northfield Road residence for a report of a girl who had been wandering the trails in the area of her house. Bassett called the Erving Police K-9 officer Robert Holst, who responded with a Gill officer and a state trooper.

“According to the report, they tracked her just inside the wood line about 100 yards off Parmenter Road and she was complaining of an ankle injury,” Palmeri said. Firefighters and the Baystate Health Ambulance responded and transported the girl.

“I’ve got to give kudos to the dog; I mean, those bloodhounds can track,” Palmeri said. “Given the circumstances of it was starting to get dark and it was cold, and that K-9 led right to her.” The search began around 3 p.m. and was over before 3:30 p.m.

The bloodhound, “Badge,” joined the Erving department in 2011 with all bills paid through community fundraising.

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