Body of missing Missouri trooper discovered by road crew

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 5:45 p.m. CST; updated 8:12 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 12, 2012

BIG LAKE — The body of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who disappeared in August amid heavy flooding has been recovered in northwest Missouri.

The patrol said the body of Trooper Fred Guthrie Jr. was found Thursday in a brush pile near the spot where the remains of his canine partner, Reed, were found the day after the two disappeared. Crews filling a hole on a state highway made the discovery.

Guthrie, a 17-year patrol veteran, and his dog were patrolling near the village of Big Lake on Aug. 1 when they apparently were swept away by fast-moving water. Searchers unsuccessfully combed farm fields searching for his remains. Guthrie was declared dead in September.

Patrol Capt. Tim Hull said Guthrie's body was found about 200 to 300 yards from where he disappeared.


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