MOUND CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol battled rushing water and extreme heat as they searched for the body of a missing colleague and his patrol dog who they believe were swept away by floodwaters in the state's northwest.
Trooper Fred Guthrie Jr., 46, of Platte City, and his K-9, Reed, were patrolling flooded land Monday near Big Lake when they disappeared. They were last seen when flood workers broke for lunch, said Sgt. Sheldon Lyon, a highway patrol spokesman.
The patrol said early Tuesday that nearly a dozen people are involved in the search -- now considered a recovery mission. Lyons said the troopers are determined to find their colleague.
"When it's somebody you know, it makes it very difficult," Lyon said. "It makes the urgency so much more. We have to find this trooper."
Guthrie's still-running truck, with a trailer attached, was found Monday on Missouri 118 northeast of Big Lake, an area that has been inundated by floodwaters from the Missouri River since June. The crew focused their efforts near a field near the highway still covered by fast-moving water.
"It's moving in some places, with a very, very strong current," Lyon told WDAF-TV (http://bit.ly/rsqiiY ). "That makes it hazardous and a life-threatening situation for folks to get around."
Guthrie served in the Water Patrol Division within Troop A in Platte County. In 2007, he was honored for rescuing a woman who was clinging to a buoy in Smithville Lake after being thrown from her boat during a thunderstorm.
Reed was a five-year patrol veteran.
Information from: WDAF-TV, http://www.wdaftv4.com