Canines sent to search for missing woman in Waynesville

Friday, August 9, 2013 | 4:29 p.m. CDT; updated 8:46 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA — A pair of canines, who specialize in searching for human remains, were in Pulaski County on Friday to help search for a woman who went missing during a flood in Waynesville.

She went missing Tuesday and is believed to be the mother of a boy who drowned after being swept from the vehicle by flood waters. The woman is believed to be dead, so Boone County Fire Protection District and Missouri Task Force 1 sent two canines to assist in the search after they received a request for help, according to a Boone County Fire Protection District news release.

Five people and two dogs searched the riverbanks Friday morning and will return to Columbia in the evening, according to the release. They will continue sending help over the weekend if needed as the request for help is made to them, Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp said.

"It doesn't matter how long she's been missing, our dogs will search for the scent of human remains," Blomenkamp said.

These dogs are specialized in searching for dead bodies, even ones that might still be underwater.

“When we reach this point of search efforts, our focus is to help bring closure to the families involved,” Fire Chief Scott Olsen said.

Blomenkamp said updates for the search will be posted on the Boone County Fire Protection District's Twitter account and under the official hashtag #pulaskicountysearch.

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