A Sherriff’s K9 bloodhound is being called a hero after helping track down a 6-year-old girl who had been missing since May, according to Tennessee officials.
Fred the bloodhound successfully led authorities to a barricaded outbuilding where the girl and her father were located nearly one month after the child was allegedly abducted by her father. Kinzleigh, who was removed from the custody of her father, Nicholas Reeder in March after they were found camping out under a bridge, had been missing since May 26, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department reported.
K9 Deputy Richard Tidwell of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and his bloodhound partner, Fred, were instrumental in finding the girl and her father last Friday, authorities said. “Tidwell obtained an item belonging to the father and allowed Fred to smell it,” reads Monday’s announcement by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
“They traveled to the home and released Fred who followed a foot path from the home to a burn pile, a truck and an outbuilding. He sniffed the door and door knob, then sat down indicating he found the father.” The outbuilding was “reinforced” from the inside, officials said.
“We made entry into the building and discovered the suspect and child in the back of the shed behind blankets that were hanging from a makeshift clothesline,” Sheriff’s Sgt. James Holloway said in a statement. Authorities charged Reeder with child abuse or neglect of his daughter. Kinzleigh shared a moment with the bloodhound after she was safely located, the sheriff’s office said. “He licked her face and she gave him a big hug,” Tidwell recalled in a statement.
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