Dogs join search for missing man

By Hugh Fort

A missing man from Ascot who sparked a massive search operation in Surrey involving police, helicopters and a Bracknell dog rescue team has been found.

Antony Pearson, 53, went missing from Thames Hospicecare in London Road, Ascot, on the afternoon of Monday, November 16.

The dog team involved 10 members from Bracknell and Ascot and featured three local dogs.

Police intelligence suggested Mr Pearson may have headed to Englefield Green in Surrey and a huge operation involving 19 police cars, four police vans, two police dog units and 17 volunteers from Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs searched woodland around the village for him.

He was eventually found in the area on the morning of Wednesday, November 18.

Volunteers from the dog rescue group were able to use groundbreaking new aerial photography and mapping of the county to help police with the search.

The new software was given to the group by the Surrey-based company Mapxy.

Jon Bromley, a volunteer for the group from Binfield, said: “I am very glad they found him, it’s good to know you’ve been part of a successful operation.

“We were called there by police to help out.

“It was a fairly difficult search as there were a lot of busy roads around the search area.

“One of our team was also involved in a detailed area search of a private property with the police.

“That area is particularly dark and is just the sort of place where you might miss someone who doesn’t want to be found so we had to be extra thorough.”

The group is on call 24 hours a day, every day, and works closely with Thames Valley Police and other rescue organisations.

For more information on the group, visit www.k9-sar.com or e-mail info@k9-sar.com.

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