DETECTIVES have praised Buxton Mountain Rescue Team’s Deputy Leader Dave Mason and search dog Megan for the part they played in a murder investigation.
In March, Dave and Megan were called to help search woodland in the Somercotes area of Derbyshire after a 25-year-old Thorntons worker went missing on her way home from work.
The body of Jia Ashton was later found by Megan hidden deep in woodland. In October, David Simmonds, 21, was jailed for a minimum of 28 years for Jia’s murder.
Last week, Dave and Megan received the Chief Constable’s Commendation during a special ceremony held at police headquarters in Ripley.
Dave said: “The body of Jia had been hidden so well it is possible that she would not have been found without the use of a dog.
“This was a challenging search. Megan’s find ensured that vital forensic evidence was secured. I am extremely proud of her.”