IDAHO COUNTY Officials in northern Idaho have resumed the search for a hiker missing since last month after hunters found the man's dog.

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says Todd Hofflander's black Labrador retriever named Ruby was found Friday night on the eastern slopes of the Seven Devils mountain range.

Giddings told the Lewiston Tribune that Hofflander was last seen on the western side, and the dog turning up on the eastern side was unexpected.

The 39-year-old and his dog disappeared while hiking with a friend in the Windy Saddle area on September 27. He split from his hiking partner and when he did not meet at the appointed location, his friend went looking for him before contacting authorities.

Searchers had hoped that if anyone found the dog, it would help lead them to Hofflander.

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