Orange County K9s use new scent technology to sniff out missing persons

Sheriff’s office hopes new evidence kits will help with missing person cases

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is working to get results by expanding their resources when it comes to finding missing people.

They hope new evidence scent kits will help bring people home.

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The announcement comes after at least three people went missing over the last few weeks in Central Florida.

Sheriff John Mina announced a new partnership with the Senior Resource Alliance and Scent Evidence K9.

The partnership resulted in two new team members, K9 Roscoe and K9 Wyatt, who are trained in tracking people, along with about 1,500 scent preservation kits.

Each kit comes with gloves for the parent or family member to wear while they swab their loved one using the gauze in the kit. The best place to get a scent from a person is by wiping the gauze on the neck, back of the neck, or armpits.

Once that’s done, the gauze goes into the jar, and that scent is good for about 10 years, should the person disappear.

That’s where the K9s come in—they are able to sniff the scent and track it for miles.

The sheriff’s office said the kits are available to the public to be picked up.

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Lauren Cervantes was born and raised in the Midwest but calls Florida her second home. She joined News 6 in August 2019 as a reporter.