New Bucyrus Police K9 To Help Locate Missing Children

  • 10/16/2019 10:53:04 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

BUCYRUS, OH - The Bucyrus Police Department welcomed a new member to their operations. 

K9 Ellie is a 9 week old Bloodhound that was granted to the Bucyrus Police Department through the Jimmy Ryce Center. The center's goal is to provide AKC Bloodhounds to law enforcement to find abducted and lost children. 

Ellie's handler will be Officer Amos Wolfe, who has been mentored as a K9 handler by Lt. Tim Mutchler of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. Lt. Mutchler has handled bloodhounds since 1995 and is a training officer. 

Ellie is scheduled to begin training for tracking soon. After 10 months, she will be certified with the National Police Bloodhound Association, where she will then use her training to attempt to locate lost and missing persons, as well as assist with burglary or breaking and entering investigations. 

The Jimmy Ryce Center was established in 1995 by the Ryce family in the aftermath of the abduction, rape, and murder of their son Jimmy Ryce. 

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