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Police Report

Search effort ends with safe success

A massive search involving more than 40 volunteers from a number of posse crews led to a 74-year-old Dewey man who had been reported missing while camping near Paulden, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

A helicopter unit from the Arizona Department of Public Safety in Kingman spotted Joseph Hale and his dog, Smokey, at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, more than 24 hours after YCSO received a call for help, the YCSO reported. The helicopter aided ground search crews that had been following Hale’s tracks. Hale and Smokey were both tired and hungry but were uninjured, authorities said.

YCSO launched the search after receiving a call that Hale was lost and could not find his campsite in the Meeth Springs area north of Paulden, the report stated. Deputies located his campsite but found no sign of the man.

YCSO summoned Yavapai County Search and Rescue to the scene, the report continued. Volunteers followed his tracks to an area north of the campsite.

Aerial search operations and DPS Ranger helicopters from Flagstaff and Phoenix also took part in the search.