Missing Person Found



Missing man found by search dog Kip,handler Daz and operational support Dan

FLEET 13 JULY 2011

Large scale search in Fleet over three days 11 July to 13th July. Missing man found by Search dog Zak, his handler Kev and operational support Pam.


4 JUNE 2011

4 June 2011 Basingstoke Hampshire Missing woman located by Joe with search dog Milo supported by Soraya. Police & ambulance called to scene and missing woman taken to hospital.

Joe with search dog Milo supported by Soraya

31 MAY 2011

Missing teenager found 31st May An 18yr old teenager who went missing on Sunday 29th May has been found safe and well. She was spotted in Portsmouth on Tuesday 31st May at about 8pm by Daz who was working Kip and supported by Hantsar member Anne Collis.


4th May 2011.

Joe and search dog Milo supported by Mike from LSDogs Southern found the body of the missing male on a Berkshire SAR (SEBEV) search.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family.



Missing man found by Area Search dog ZOE handler VANESSA and supported by PAM

Daily Echo: Tributes after shock death of Crossways dadLaura Kitching »

THE family of a father who was found dead in woodland have paid tribute to a ‘loving, caring family man’.

A large-scale search and rescue operation was launched to find Martin John Culling, 44, of Crossways, after he was reported missing.His body was found in dense woodland, near quarries in Crossways, following the efforts of 25 search volunteers and Dorset Police.It is believed that father-of-two Mr Culling took his own life following a long-term battle with depression.His wife Dawn Culling praised the emergency services for their hard work in scouring the countryside last weekend to ‘bring him back to us’.She said: “Martin was a loving, caring family man.He liked to go walking with his King Charles spaniel dogs and he did karate with the Wessex Karate Academy in Dorchester.”She added: “We would like to thank the emergency services for all their hard work.”Mr Culling’s parents Sue and John Culling described the police officers and volunteers as ‘magnificent’ and said they ‘could not have been more caring’ during the search for their only son.Sue Culling, 65, of Crossways, said: “Martin did a supreme sacrifice in a sense, to make life easier for all of us.“In the letter he left he said: ‘Trust me it’s for the best this way, you can all move on with your lives without me being the black cloud and forever being a worry to you’.“It’s quite a sacrifice for someone to make.“We would like it known that we are so proud of him.We miss him and love him more than words can say.”She added: “We will always be grateful and thankful to the police force in both Dorchester and Winfrith because without them we wouldn’t have been able to find him.”Mr Culling was reported missing last Saturday.Police officers and the force helicopter joined the family’s search effort after Mr Culling’s car was found on a country road near Crossways.A large-scale search with volunteers from Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR), Dorset Search Dogs and Lowland Search Dogs continued the following day.Mercia Search and Rescue team from Wales, who were visiting the area, assisted by using specialist equipment to search the quarries’ water-filled areas.Mr Culling was found by the Lowland Search Dogs team and recovered by DorSAR and the police helicopter.His father John, 68, added: “We didn’t realise the search team was made up of volunteers and we want to thank them – what a gift to give the community.“Thank God there are people like that about.“We never thought we’d have to make use of their services and we’d hate to think that anybody else will, but life being how life is, it will happen again and these guys will be there.”Bob Knott, president of DorSAR, said: “We were on site from 9am on Sunday and we returned to base around 2pm.“It was the Lowland Search Dogs team which found him. DorSAR personnel recovered the body and then met the police helicopter.“It was a shame there wasn’t a happy ending for the family but at least it’s closure, if nothing else.”A Dorset Police spokesman said an inquest had been opened into Mr Culling’s death and there were no suspicious circumstances.


Matt Charlie and Pam

10 SEPTEMBER 09 The search teams searched woodland areas from mid afternoon and the missing man was found at approx 2220hrs by Matt with Dorset search dog Charlie supported by Pam from Southern

Concerns increase for missing Ringwood man

Press Releases

Published: 03/06/2009

Police have increased their concerns for a vulnerable missing Ringwood man who  first went missing late on Sunday evening, (May 31).

Although he was found safe and well in Ringwood the following morning, he disappeared again 24-hours later and despite an extensive search of the area, he has not been seen by the next day.

He was described as being mildly depressed and suffering from short-term memory loss and with vision and hearing problems.  He is also on medication which he did not take with him which is causing most concern for his health and well-being.
He was last seen at 9am Tuesday, June 2, wearing a blue shirt, light brown trousers and short green wellington boots.
The Police appeal went out to anyone who has been walking or horse riding in the New Forest over the past two days. Stop Press 3 June Lowland Search Dog Southern team member Linda was on route to the search RV point when she noticed a man walking along the slip road. On checking the description with search control it was clear that Linda had located the missing person. Team members are trained to transit search and this really paid off. The missing man is now home safe and well.



Search dogs find missing man

SEARCH and Rescue teams were deployed to look for a missing man in a west Wiltshire village.

More than 20 volunteers, including those from Wiltshire Search and Rescue, along with five search dogs, were deployed to help find a 33-year-old man in the Maiden Bradley area, near Warminster, on Friday afternoon.

Police had been alerted at about 1.30pm following reports a motorbike had been left on the side of a secluded track for two days with the owner nowhere to be seen.

A search was launched following concerns that the man, who is from Torquay, Devon, had been depressed recently.

Police helicopters were also deployed and the man was eventually located by search dogs and detained shortly after midnight under the Mental Health Act.

He was later released.

6:10pm Wednesday 9th July 2008
By Victoria Ashford



Body found after 15-hour manhunt.    Katie Adams

A 15-HOUR manhunt ended in tragedy when the body of a man was found in a wood near Chippenham .

Police officers were joined by 24 volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue and three specially trained dogs

after a 57-year-old man was reported missing on June 17.

Police received a call at 7.30am from a worried relative living in the Hill Corner Road area of the town

following the man’s disappearance. It is thought the missing man had been suffering from depression and

there was great concern for his safety.

After 12 hours of hunting for the missing man, Lowland Search Dogs from Hampshire and Sussex were

called in to assist the operation and at 8.30pm , the body of a man was found in Bird’s Marsh Wood, Chippenham .

Although the cause of death has not been confirmed, the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious by police.

It is understood he may have died as a result of an overdose.

Sergeant Martin Alvis , of Chippenham police, said around 15 officers had been involved in the search

. “Following information received there was concern for the man’s safety and this led to an extensive

search of the area,” he said.

Steve Upton, chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) was also involved on the operation on the day.

He said WILSAR had received a call from police at midday and then arrived in Chippenham to plan the manhunt.

After searching the woods, volunteers cleared the area in the early evening to make way for the sniffer dogs.

Vanessa Courtney, chairman of Lowland Search Dogs Southern said her team received the alert text from

WILSAR that afternoon asking for their assistance.

She said handler Troy Skinner and six-year-old chocolate Labrador , Jenson, made their way to Chippenham

alongside operational support and backup Kev Saunders.

She said: “Jenson is an area trained dog and can cover ground of up to 50 acres in one hour.

“The team got to Chippenham quite late in the evening, at about 8pm and it was there that they met with

the other search and rescue workers.   “At around 8.15pm they were then deployed to search the woods

and it was at 8.35pm that the man was found, which was very sad.

“The woodland was quite dense, but the dogs are okay with this, it is harder on the handlers.”

Jenson, who is an air-scenting dog, is trained to pick up any human scent in the area and then signal to his

handler when he has found someone.

His specially trained code involved him sitting at Mr Skinner’s feet to signal that he had found someone in the wood.

The cause of death is being investigated and a coroner’s file is being prepared, following which an inquest is

likely to be opened and adjourned. The man’s identity has not been released by police.

3:18pm   Friday 27th June 2008


Hampshire Chronicle

18 March 05

Success for Hampshire search dogs

Hampshire’s search and rescue dog team has helped colleagues in a neighbouring county to find a missing man on 12 March.

The voluntary team, known as the Lowland Search Dogs Southern, were called in to help Dorset search-and rescue workers as they worked along-side police combing thick woodland near Blandford for a man, who had already been missing for over 24 hours.

It was the Hampshire group who eventually tacked him down-dehydrated, cold, weak but alive.

However, more often than not, that isn’t the case.

“Some of the stories are very sad but we are always hopeful that a search will have some sort of ending, to give closure to the relatives”, said Cynthia Clarken , a handler for the team since it’s inception in 2002.

Last year, the team was called 33 times to search for missing people, working closely with the police.

“The idea that dogs are incredibly good search resources in lowland areas is only just beginning to catch on. Mountain rescue teams have known about it for years”, added Cynthia.

The Hampshire team consists of six handlers-four from Winchester and two from Hayling Island -and their dogs are trained to search by air-scenting.

However, the service is under threat because it depends entirely on the time and money of volunteers.


Lowland Search Dog find missing woman

18 June 04

The missing woman’s car had been found at Lavington Common at 3-45pm. She was believed to have taken a number of tablets and her life was seriously at risk.

The common was said to be one of her favourite walking places.

Once the alarm had been raised police, volunteers from Sussex Search and Rescue organisation, launched a search of the area.

Nineteen volunteers including trained Lowland Search Dog teams ( Sussex and Southern) attended in response to the police request.

Search dog Sam with his handler and support located the woman in deep woodland and semi-conscious, six hours after her car had been found.

The police force helicopter was called and landed in a nearby clearing. The woman was given treatment by a paramedic before being flown to Hospital in Chichester .

Later police inspector Jeff Lister, who was co-ordinating the operation, praised their contribution. He said: “if the lady had not been found by the search and rescue team, we believe the chances of her surviving the night would have been slim”