I received a text message the following morning after the search that Rider showed up at her front door at 5 AM! The message said she was tired and hungry and thirsty.
Rider is a female, 10 year old, 30 pound, tri-colored Miniature Australian Shepherd. When she went missing she was not wearing her collar, but she was microchipped.
She was last seen by her person early in the morning when he left for work. It is unknown how she got out. He received a call a couple of hours later by a neighbor that Rider was running loose in the townhouse complex. She was also seen running up and down the main street outside the complex and she was followed by another neighbor all the way to a remote farm and to the far back end of the farm where the person lost sight of her. We started the search there.
We followed the track for several hours until we got to a far and distant gate on a private road that lead to private government county property with signs forbidding trespassing, especially illegal hunting. Rider's person drove me back to my car and then he and his brother went back there to the gate and continued to call her name for a couple of more hours.
During the search where we were tracking, we did have a confirmation of a sighting of Rider the morning before, which was a day after she went missing. We were there on a Sunday, the sighting was Saturday morning and she went missing Friday morning. The sighting was several miles from her home.