WEST MILFORD, N.J. (February 5, 2013)--A loyal Labrador retriever named Kentucky is credited with helping searchers find the body of its owner, who died while hiking in a nature preserve in northern New Jersey.
West Milford, N.J. police told The Associated Press that a search team saw the dog's eyes reflecting off headlamps during a search late Saturday of the heavily wooded and hilly Apshawa Preserve.
Nearby, the team found the body of Bjoern Waalberg, 51, who evidently died just 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., with his dog close by.
Authorities say the hiker's death does not appear to be suspicious.