WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) - A Labrador retriever named Kentucky is being credited with helping authorities find the body of its owner, who died hiking in a nature preserve in northern New Jersey.
West Milford police tell The Associated Press that a search team saw the dog's eyes reflecting off headlamps during its search late Saturday of the heavily wooded and hilly Apshawa Preserve.
Nearby, the team found the body of 51-year-old Bjoern Waalberg, who had apparently died hours earlier.
Police say Waalberg and his dog set out for the hike mid-afternoon Saturday. The man's wife alerted authorities just after 7 p.m. when he did not return. His body was found just before 10 p.m., his dog close by.
Authorities say the hiker's death does not appear to be suspicious.
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