Fred the bloodhound sniffed the trail of Kinzleigh Reeder and her father Nicholas Reeder to a barricaded outbuilding in DeKalb County on Friday, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office dijo en un comunicado.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for Kinzleigh since May 26 in an effort that involved law enforcement agencies from across the state, La agencia said in a separate statement.
The investigation eventually brought deputies to the Pea Ridge community, where airplanes with thermal imaging and drones had swept the area, la oficina del alguacil dijo. Believing Reeder and his daughter were camping in the area, DeKalb County deputies called in Fred and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
The bloodhound and his K-9 handler Deputy Richard Tidwell arrived at the scene and learned that the deputies believed the father and daughter were in an area behind a home, según los funcionarios.
Tidwell had an item belonging to Reeder and let Fred smell it to gain the man’s scent, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said. Fred picked up on Reeder’s scent and followed its trail behind the home and along a footpath to a burn pile near a parked truck and an outbuilding.
Fred sniffed the outbuilding’s door and doorknob and sat down, signaling that he found Reeder, los funcionarios dijeron.
But the door to the outbuilding was barricaded and the windows were covered up with metal, DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray said. Deputies forced their way inside and found Reeder and Kinzleigh.