Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office bloodhounds continue to prove their value

Posted on April 29, 2020 by Staff reports

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office dispatch around 1:30 a.m. last night received a call related to a missing person.

Earlier in the day, an adult male was dropped off by a family member for a day of canoeing on Coldwater Creek.

“When the individual did not return home, we were notified,” said SRSO Spokesman Sgt. Rich Aloy.

Deputies responded to the area near Coldwater Creek Bridge to conduct a search. Skyline Fire arrived with a river boat to assist in the search effort.

Later, in the early morning hours, personal items were located on a sandbar to include a cooler and the canoe. But the individual was not in the immediate area, per Aloy.

Deputies called for the SRSO bloodhounds for assistance. K-9s Copper and Zinc tracked through the woods to where the missing adult was ultimately located, hunkered down, and in need of assistance.

Deputies guided the missing person back to an awaiting ambulance where he was attended to by EMS.  

While the Bloodhounds were headed home, SRSO received another call related to a vehicle burglary in-progress. Deputies located the suspects, who they ran from police near Makenna Circle in Pace.

Deputies then formed a perimeter to block escape of the suspects, and SRSO bloodhounds were again contacted for assistance.

Upon arrival the bloodhounds began a track of the suspects and alerted to a back yard on Makenna Circle. Deputies entered the yard where, suspect Juwuan Trason Rease was located hiding inside a shed.

A short time later, Bloodhounds located the second suspect, identified as a juvenile, hiding behind a trash can.

Both individuals were taken into custody and charged accordingly.

“K-9’s Copper and Zinc did an outstanding job, once again,” said Aloy.