With his handler in tow, the 3-year-old Arco, a German shepherd, bounded into the third-floor motel room.
Following both verbal and physical commands from Matt Tout, an investigator with the Macon Police Department, Arco ran his nose around the room’s two beds before moving toward the bathroom in the back.
Suddenly, Arco turned and paced back toward the middle of the room.
Inches away from the door that conjoined the room to its neighbor, the K-9 officer sat down, pointed his nose directly at the door and turned around to look at Tout.
“He smelled the door seam and got right on it,” Tout said. “He was like, ‘Here it is, Dad.’”