DINWIDDIE — On Wednesday evening, an elderly man walked away from his group home in Dinwiddie, and law enforcement set out to find him.

However, the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office canine wasn’t available at the time, so they called on the Colonial Heights Police Department to lend a helping hand.

“They called us around 9 p.m. because their canine wasn’t available, and [Career Officer Chris Wulff] had already worked Wednesday, and he still responded,” said Colonial Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Faries. “He ended up working a 12-hour shift, which was admirable.”

Wulff and his canine partner Rose began to search for the missing man, and a few hours later, around 1 a.m., the search ended successfully as they found the man lying down near the entrance to the woods about a mile and a quarter away from his group home.

Both the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office and the CHPD were happy that their collaborative efforts had a happy ending.

“We tell all surrounding jurisdictions that we have this canine, and we’re here to be utilized. We share our resources, and we’re really grateful this one worked out, because so many don’t,” said Faries. “We have a great working relationship with Dinwiddie County, and we’re excited to be be able to assist them in locating this gentleman.

“These are the types of cases we envisioned when we obtained a search canine,” he added.

Dinwiddie County took to Facebook to say thanks: “We certainly appreciate Officer Wulff and his canine partner Rose of the Colonial Heights Police Department for assisting the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office in locating a missing person. Teamwork makes the dream work!”

Kelsey Reichenberg may be reached at kreichenberg@progress-index.com or 804-722-5109.