A dog in Belfair, Washington alerted three hikers to the body of a man who died in a bicycle crash. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, The Olympian reported that a barking dog lead a woman and her two sons to a deceased Belfair, Wash. man.
The woman was hiking with her two sons on a logging road when a dog began barking. It appeared that the dog wanted the family to follow him. The family followed the dog until they discovered a damaged bicycle and the motionless man.
The family called 911, and Mason County Fire District #2 and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded.
There was no evidence of suspicious or criminal activity. There was also no evidence that the rider was wearing a helmet. Authorities stated that evidence at the scene revealed that the man crashed his bicycle.
The deceased, Jared W. Shumaker, 34, was a Belfair, Wash. resident. An autopsy showed that he died from head and neck injuries sustained in the crash.
Dogs are loyal animals who have been known to ask for help during emergencies. In February, a dog in Tumwater, Wash. delivered a note from his homeless owner, who was in desperate need of medication. The loyal dog delivered the note to a good Samaritan and helped save his owner's life.
While this dog tried to find help for Shumaker, it is unclear who the dog belonged to.
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