With aid of dog, authorities able to track missing man

With aid of dog, authorities able to track missing man

The disappearance of an elderly rural Union City man Sunday had a happy ending — thanks to the tracking ability of the Obion County Sheriff’s Department’s drug detection dog. The sheriff’s department was notified shortly before noon Sunday of the disappearance of 94-year-old Fred Jenney, who apparently had walked away from his residence at 2877 North County Home Road sometime after breakfast earlier in the day. Sheriff’s department Chief Deputy Kent Treece said Jenney’s family had missed him for a while and had searched in vain before calling the sheriff’s department for help. Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the home made the decision to contact deputy Mike Simmons, the department’s K-9 handler, and to utilize narcotics dog Theo, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, in the search. Treece said the dog has had some tracking training and is able to track by ground disturbance, such as footprints. The deputy utilized Theo at the missing man’s residence and within just five to 10 minutes the dog had picked up the man’s track and trailed him down a brush-covered bluff about 200 yards behind the home. Treece said Jenney was found on the ground but he was conscious despite being a little overheated and somewhat dehydrated. Both Regional Emergency Medical Ser-vices ambulance and the Obion County Rescue Squad responded to the scene. Treece said Jenney was brought back up to his home, given oxygen and “he snapped to after he cooled down.” He was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City for treatment. “He was in good shape before he left the property,” Treece said. Published in The Messenger 6.2.08

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