Tennessee sheriff’s bloodhound helps find missing 6-year-old girl allegedly abducted by father

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 在声明中说.

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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, the agency 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, 警长办公室说. Believing Reeder and his daughter were camping in the area, DeKalb County deputies called in Fred and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

K-9 Fred and his handler Deputy Richard Tidwell helped locate the missing 6-year-old girl. Tidwell said Fred was rewarded with chicken and pizza crusts for the successful find.

K-9 Fred and his handler Deputy Richard Tidwell helped locate the missing 6-year-old girl. Tidwell said Fred was rewarded with chicken and pizza crusts for the successful find. (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, 据官员说.

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, 官员说.

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.

 A 6-year-old girl missing for a month was found in an outbuilding with no ventilation, barely any food or water and a bucket to use as a bathroom, according to investigators in DeKalb County, 田纳西州.

A 6-year-old girl missing for a month was found in an outbuilding with no ventilation, barely any food or water and a bucket to use as a bathroom, according to investigators in DeKalb County, 田纳西州.

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