Help Us Find Maui
Special update 6/8: We picked up dog footprints near the sighting location (38.889553, -77.328383) from earlier today on Gerry Connelly Trail at about 7:30PM. We followed the footprints for about 0.75 miles or so until our hounds got tired, then my wife turned back (there will be multiple pairs of dog prints out to that distance). I kept going alone for quite a distance. At coordinates 38.896770, -77.319885 I found fresh dog footprints off the main trail (there is a semi-groomed path leading to the river). Near the water there were a significant number of dog footprints with zero human footprints anywhere nearby (see photo in comments, the human prints are mine).
I continued to follow the Gerry Connelly trail for quite a bit more and approached an area known as Stevens Family Bridge at coordinates 38.898481, -77.316742. Just prior to the bridge the path forks to the right or you can continue on Gerry Connelly trail across the bridge. There was a small pool of mud in the area with a significant number of paw prints heading in each direction (again with no human prints). I couldn't identify a clear direction where the dog might have gone and turned back since we were meeting a thermal drone operator at 8:30PM. In all cases, the prints were the correct size and shape for a greyhound about Maui's size (they are very close to our hound's prints).
We launched a drone with a thermal camera at about 9:00PM from coordinates 38.901719, -77.320267. The location is very close to the edge of restricted airspace. We were only able to travel about 600 feet towards Stevens Family Bridge before the drone reached restricted airspace and did not allow us to go further. The fact that we couldn't fly closer prevented us from being able to investigate a hot spot (a single animal seen by the drone, not moving). It is difficult to determine the precise location of the hot spot, but it looks like it was past Stevens Family Bridge and closer to Stepping Stone Bridge around coordinates 38.899823, -77.316533.
Below is a map of areas we need flyers out (larger map here). Send us an email if you have completed a region firstname.lastname@example.org. Some places we put flyers previously but they may have blown down or been destroyed by the rain. Ideas: tape full size flyers on stop signs and light poles. You can make them more weather resistant by putting in a clear binder sleeve/envelope and staple at the bottom.
We need to focus on putting flyers on stop signs, street signs, posts, light poles and other HIGHLY VISIBLE areas. Local residents have all received lost dog postcards so door to door or stuffing newspaper boxes is not needed.
You can download flyers below
Gray Zones are Potential Maui Locations
Lost dog update 6/1: We need people to put out flyers and look for Maui this weekend (Saturday and Sunday). This is an interactive map of zones he's been sighted or tracked to. Even an hour of time can make a big difference. We hope this will result in big progress.
Lost dog update 5/31: Promising news! We think Maui is hanging out in the neighborhood located at the link below based on tracker data. We need flyers and lots of them in this area, so residents start calling in multiple sightings. This is what we need before we setup a trap.
Lost dog update 5/29: NEW SIGHTING!!!!! We need people to continue to flyer the area to get more sightings so we can narrow down the search area.
Thanks to everyone who put out flyers and came out to look for Maui this weekend. We appreciate it and are not giving up! If you know someone who can lend us a trail camera, or someone that has a drone and license to operate in Oakton, please let us know. Suggestions and help in all ways are always welcome.
Lost Dog Update 5/24: Tracker was able to identify a potential area Maui may be hiding out. https://goo.gl/maps/TP6RqFv3ocT2
Lost Dog Update 5/21: Possible Maui sighting in the morning at Oakton and Miller Heights Road in Oakton, not far from where he was originally lost. https://goo.gl/maps/n9SYbJEi1VJ2
Lost Dog Update 5/20: We are coordinating a drone search of the area tomorrow, Sunday, May 20. If you have a drone or know someone with a drone who is willing to help, please join us tomorrow. The area is heavily wooded so thermal imaging is preferred, but visible imaging is still valuable in some areas. A search grid will be posted in the comments section, below. Please send an email to email@example.com when you've searched a single grid cell, along with the time and type of imaging (visible or thermal). Please retain the videos and we will work on posting them to get a second or third set of eyes on them. If you don't have a drone, we would love to have you walk the nearby trails or subdivisions, just please leave your hounds at home so we don't confuse the drone pilots with false positives!
Lost Dog Update 5/19: No new sightings. We have set up a website to host some of the larger files and give people an opportunity to join a mailing list for Maui where we will coordinate searches and provide up-to date information. Also, if you have some time, please distribute flyers to homes and businesses within the grid cells. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you complete a set of homes within a grid cell or with specific names of businesses you provide flyers - we will try to keep a list posted to prevent duplicative efforts.
Maui Update 5/17: No new sightings, but the tracker has identified a number of locations where Maui has been (posted in comments below).
Maui Update 5/15: No new sightings. A tracker has been hired to help with the search. We will update you when we need volunteers.
Maui Update 5/14: Spotted! 1114 Lochinver Lane, Oakton, VA in the woods.
Maui went missing on May 11, 2018 in the Miller Heights neighborhood of Oakton, VA. Please send any tips to email@example.com.
1. Maui flyer (click here to download) Do not put flyers in mailbox itself, newspaper box is OK
2. Google Earth .KMZ with Maui track (click here to download)
3. Detailed search grid with GPS coordinates and key addresses (click here to download)
Businesses Already Contacted
Schools: Waples Mill Elementary School, Dominion Christian Church, Hunger Mill Montessori, Flint Hill
Fairfax Country Public Works division responsible for Difficult Run
USPS workers on the route near Maui's home
Camp Crowell caretaker
Penderbrook Golf Club and Oak Marr Golf Complex
Dog Walkers: Kim's Urban Hounds, The Next Best Thing Pet Care, Vienna Leash, Creature Comfort
Animal Shelters: Fairfax County, Prince William County, HART Rescue
Vet Clinic List: Here
Online Lost Dog Registries: Next Door, PawBoost, Lost and Found Pets Fairfax, Lost and Found Pets DC, Lost and Found Pets Northern Virginia, Greyhound Amber Alert,
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