PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A hefty reward is now being offered for the safe return of K-9 officer deputy Radar. Saturday will mark five days since the bloodhound left the scene of an accident he and his handler were involved in and there's still no sign of him. Authorities are trying new strategies to locate the dog while the community is keeping a watchful eye out.
A dog kennel now sits near the accident site near Wheat's Curve in Pearl River County. Clothes owned by Radar's handler dot the landscape in the area. The hope is the bloodhound will pick-up a familiar scent and stay put.
"With him being the type of dog that he is, a bloodhound tracking dog, it would only make sense to me and everyone else to put his handler's clothes out, something that reminds him of home," said Pearl River County Resident Stephen Niehaus.
Niehaus is a concerned resident who lives in the neighborhood. He said most everyone in the community has gotten involved in the search.
"I pass through here several times a day, as does my wife and several friends, and we always keep a look out for the dog up and down this area," said Niehaus.
Resident Elvinder Holt has been looking, too. "We went down to Burnt Bridge Road, but we didn't see anything."
Tommy Alsobrooks said, "I've been keeping an eye out, following up on the story. I'm in the area."
Radar's favorite dog food has also been placed out, but the bowls remain full. Officials say deputies are sent to the food and clothing sites hourly to look for any signs of the dog.
"I'd hate to think somebody would find a police dog and know it's a police dog and not return it," said Alsobrooks.
Residents say Radar is an officer who proudly serves his community. So it's important to locate him so he can resume his duties.
"We owe it to him just as a K-9, as a human to make every effort to find him," said Niehaus.
Sheriff's officials say a $1,000 reward has been put up by a private citizen for the safe return of Radar. Law enforcers, as well as volunteers, will bring blood hounds back to the scene for another thorough search of the area Saturday.