PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A massive search is underway for a missing K-9 officer named Radar after the dog reportedly fled the scene of a traffic accident in Pearl River County.
Agents from Hancock County and Pearl River County spent the day searching for the bloodhound.
Authorities say Radar was in a cage in the back of the truck his handler driving near Brunt Bridge Road in Wheats Curve when the truck was broadsided by another car.
"During the course of the accident, the county vehicle spun hit a ditch and rolled on its side. And when that happened......the bloodhound was ejected from the truck. The door came open, the pin broke apart and the Bloodhound ran off scared," said Commander Jeremy Skinner with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.
Skinner added, "We have the Mississippi Blood Trial Network that drove down from near Jackson to help us out."
The Hancock County Sheriff's Deputy and K-9 were in Pearl River County to assist the Sheriff's Department there in searching for a missing teenager. Now both departments and several volunteers are searching for Radar.
"The dogs that we have are Radar's brother and sister so we felt it was family and we needed to come out and help," explained Shawn Nations, Treasurer of the Mississippi Blood Trial Network.
The bloodhounds searched a five mile radius of the crash site for their older brother, but never found Radar.
Skinner said, "We're going to continue to search until he's recovered no matter how long it takes. We will stay out here today, tonight, tomorrow. We have had a lot of support from the community up here in Pearl River County."
"I think it's sad I could not imagine if I lost one of my dogs, it breaks my heart," said Amy McCarther, a Pearl River County Resident who walked up where law enforcers had gathered.
The Deputy who was driving when the accident happened was treated at a local hospital and released.
Skinner noted, "People are calling in tips as they see him. He's really skittish because he doesn't know where he's at. So it's been hard for people to put their hands on him."
Anyone who thinks they may have seen Radar is asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff's Office at 228-255-9191, or the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department at 601-798-5528.