New Jersey police mourn death of search bloodhound

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(AP) - Police in New Jersey are mourning the death of a search bloodhound that helped find missing people.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey announced Sunday that Middlesex County Canine Search and Rescue Team K9 Joker's Wild had died. The dog was diagnosed with progressive cancer at age 10.

Joker helped track individuals suffering from diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's during his five-year tenure with the department.

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The K9 helped officers find a man suffering from Alzheimer's who had wandered away from a family party. In 2015, the police dog helped track down a suspect who had attacked a woman.

Owners Mike and Debbie Campbell said Joker was a "remarkable bloodhound" who loved to work. The police dog loved big crowds when he wasn't working.

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