Scent Evidence K9 Bloodhound Helps Locate Missing FSU Student
Tallahassee, FL – September 9, 2018
The Scent Evidence K9 bloodhound team, led by CEO, Paul Coley, deployed with 2 scent discriminate bloodhounds to assist the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in locating a missing Florida State University student. Coley extracted scent from the missing teens home using The SEKR, a new scent evidence vacuum developed by the SEK9 Research and Development Team earlier this year. K9 Rex and K9 Sadie are both human scent discriminate bloodhounds trained at the companies K9 Training headquarters in Bolivar, TN to trail a person’s unique odor. K9 Sadie led Law Enforcement Officers to a wooded area where the missing student was found safely. Coley stated, “Bringing the lost home is why we get up in the morning. I want to thank our incredible partners, the FSU Emergency Management and Homeland Security Drone Team, for being our eyes in the sky, and our good friend at Overwatch Risk Solutions, Wayne North.” For a full list of the Law Enforcement Agencies and Community Partners who assisted in the search, please see the LCSO Press Release below.
Leon County Sheriff’s Office Press Release
Media Contact: Deputy Dave Teems Date: September 9, 2018
LCSO and Community Partners Find Missing FSU Student
The Leon County Sheriff‟s Office, along with numerous community partners, located 19-year-old Florida State University student Justin Dean Shields today.
LCSO located Shields‟ vehicle on Old Magnolia Road about a mile north of Rococo Road on Friday, September 7th. Since finding his vehicle LCSO has been in the area attempting to locate Shields with the help of the Florida State University Police Department, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, The Jefferson Correctional Institute K9 team, Floyd County Georgia Sheriff‟s Office K9 team, Leon County EMS, First Response Search Team K9, The FSU Drone Team, Deep South Mud Riderz, Hilltop Country Store, Scent Evidence K9 teams, more than 80 FSU students and staff, and dozens of local residents.
Around 4 PM a team including members of LCSO, FSUPD, and FWC were following a scent trail with dogs from Scent Evidence into a wooded area about a mile northwest of where Shields‟ vehicle was located. As the dogs tracked into the wooded area Shields was located and he began to speak to the team.
Shields was dehydrated and scratched up but in, otherwise, good health. He was transported to a local hospital via ambulance to check on his health.
Sheriff Walt McNeil says, “The community showed once again how we come together when one of our citizens needs help. We are proud to be „All In‟ with Leon County and happy this has come to the best possible conclusion for Justin and his family.”