Police Dog Rescues Kidnapped Girl

K-9 Deja tracked a girl and her kidnapper in California.

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K-9 Deja and her handler, Deputy Josh Stone, after rescuing a juvenile who went missing. Via Rancho Cucamonga Police Department/Facebook
Cari Jorgensen

One of the biggest fears parents have is that of their child being kidnapped. We hear about it all the time in the news and even get Amber Alert notices on our phones. That fear was realized for one family in San Bernardino County, California.

At around 3 a.m. on July 25, K-9 Deja and her handler, Deputy Josh Stone with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Twin Peaks Station, were called out to the local mountains to assist in the search for a girl who went missing from her home, according to a press release put out by the sheriff’s department. The 16-year-old girl had last been seen arguing with an 18-year-old male, later identified as Logan Padberg, at the girl’s home before Padberg was asked to leave the house by the girl’s grandmother.

While deputies were checking for Padberg and the girl, whose identity remains confidential, a witness called 911 and said he was woken up by the sounds of a woman screaming for help, according to the press release. He looked outside and saw a male holding a flashlight and dragging a female off into the woods by her hair.

Deja trailed the girl’s scent through the woods and up to a house in Twin Peaks. The police dog went all the way to the front door and wouldn’t leave, according to a Facebook post by nearby Rancho Cucamonga’s police department, which is staffed by the sheriff’s department.

GREAT day for K-9 Deja and handler Deputy Stone. They were called up to the local mountains around 3:00 AM this morning…

Posted by Rancho Cucamonga Police Department on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The girl and the suspect were inside the home. Padberg was arrested for kidnapping, domestic battery and unlawful sex with a minor, according to the release.

Great job, K-9 Deja and Deputy Stone!

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