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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 — A Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department canine unit was called early this morning to assist in a search for an 88-year-old woman, who suffers from dementia, who was reported missing Monday by a Hoffman Estates nursing home.
Officer Jim Pacetti and his dog MelanieSheriff’s Police Officer Jim Pacetti and his dog, Melanie, received a call around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday to assist Hoffman Estates Police in a search at the Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Center, 2150 Golf Rd.
Melanie was given an item of the woman’s to smell and after securing the scent, the bloodhound began a careful search of the entire facility.
Despite staff there having looked for the woman since 9:30 p.m. Monday, Melanie was able to find the woman after less than three hours of searching. Around 4 a.m., Melanie found the woman, unharmed, in an unoccupied room of the facility.
Earlier this year, Melanie found a distraught man submerged in a Forest Preserve river, helping to save the man’s life.

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