K-9 Unit Searches for Missing Albion Woman

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Over the roads and through the woods of Albion, K-9 units are following the scent of Heather Cousino. The 33-year-old has been missing for two days.

"This is not in her character to not phone within the same day," said Cousino's cousin Gina Clark.

Officers of the Calhuon County Sheriff's Dept. say a woman of 33 is usually self-sufficent. But the Cousino family says her medical conditions put her at risk.

"She is bipolar and suicidal," said Clark.

She had scrubs on, a sweater, and snow boots. She left without her cigarettes, no I.D., and no money," said Cousino's mother Diane Cousino.

After filing a missing person report, family and friends used Facebook to contact the Missing You Foundation the next day.

"We had about a dozen people. It was so quick. In about an hour, we were ready to go," said Jamie Jones, lead investigator of Missing You Foundation.

Police told the volunteers to hold off their search, so the police dogs could pick up a clear scent. The K-9 unit tracked a scent that led them to a private property a half mile from Cousino's house. Police say the snowfall and the 48 hour period from her disappearance make tacing her more difficult. After Saturday's search with no results, the Cousino family prepares for the worst.

"I think she is possibly dead. I still want to find body," said Diane Cousino.

The family says they're pacing their house waiting for police, and hoping Cousino will call home.

"I want you to know that I love you. Let me know that you're alright," said Diane Cousino.

Police plan to start a ground search tomorrow and will welcome help from the Missing You Foundation. They are hopeful better weather will permit coast guard helicopters to join the search.

Police are asking hunters in Albion to be on the look out. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department at (269) 969-6450.

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