Dog credited for finding missing Hendersonville man in Murfreesboro

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A dog is credited for leading his owner to the crashed car of an 89-year-old man who was reported missing from Hendersonville earlier this week.

Cousins Rick and Jimmy Davis said they took their hunting dogs out to get some exercise Thursday morning.

The wooded area in Murfreesboro where Louis Cobb was found (Photo: WKRN)
The wooded area in Murfreesboro where Louis Cobb was found (Photo: WKRN)

The two told News 2 a family friend owns the land.

“He is auctioning a lot of the property off and I asked him if I could run my dogs out here,” Rick Davis said.

It wasn’t long after arriving to the property that Rick’s black Labrador Moses ran off into the wood.

“The old dog got down in here and me and my cousin were standing here, and he came up and got me; he found something like a bird dog will do,” he explained.

Courtesy: Hendersonville Police Department
Courtesy: Hendersonville Police Department

Moses then led the men to a wooded-area. When the pair looked over a cliff, they were shocked to see a crashed car in a ditch.

“The door was opened on one side and the dog got back in there with that man and I said someone is in there,” Rick said.

Inside the car was 89-year-old Louis Cobb. Police told News 2 the elderly man drove his car off the road near South Church Street in Murfreesboro.

“He saved the guy’s life,” Rick said.

Louis Cobb's car after being found in a wooded-area in Murfreesboro. (Photo: WKRN)
Louis Cobb’s car after being found in a wooded-area in Murfreesboro. (Photo: WKRN)

Earlier this week, Hendersonville police issued a Silver Alert for the man after he was reported missing.

The two cousins told News 2 they quickly called 911 and emergency responders arrived within minutes.

Cobb was alert and speaking with first responders. Because of exposure and other medical issues Cobb was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville as a precaution.

Police said Cobb will be hospitalized overnight and they estimate he was in his car for at least 30 hours.