Nonprofit K9 Rescue Unit Finds Missing Woman Alive | News

BENTON, Ky. – The Marshall County Rescue Squad has begun incorporating K9s into its work in recent years. On Wednesday May 15th, Uno and Nyx from K9 were instrumental Search for a missing Graves County woman.

Amy Barrett, deputy chief of the Marshall County Rescue Squad, also serves as the squad’s lead K9 handler. Barrett also operates 4B Kennels, a facility that breeds and trains working-line German Shepherds.


Working K9 troopers Uno (left) and Nyx (right) were instrumental in the search for a missing Graves County woman on Wednesday, May 15.

Barrett said the force provides mutual aid to surrounding counties upon request and that many counties in the region do not have K9s available. This led to the troop assisting with a search and rescue situation in Graves County.

“We initially deployed Uno because, given the situation, we didn’t know whether we were dealing with a living or deceased victim,” Barrett said. “We brought her here because she’s a body, tracking, water, shoreline, whatever, she’s state certified.”

Uno began with no scent, but was able to locate a number of footprints. Around the time the footprints were found, Barrett said Kentucky State Police found an odor item they could use. At this point, the decision was made to give Uno a break and use Nyx.

Ultimately, Nyx was the K9 who located the victim. Nyx is certified for tracking and trailing only. Barrett said Nyx was able to locate the victim within about 20 minutes of receiving the scent.

The force released a statement saying the victim was found alive and would receive medical treatment.

The squad is a non-profit organization that does not receive any tax funding. In addition to support through donations and a staff of volunteers, the troop attempts to hold several fundraising events each year. These include two training seminars for K9s and their handlers.

Each spring and fall, the team hosts the Kentucky Classic HRD (Human Remains Detection) seminar. This multi-day training allows K9s and their handlers to receive training and certification in water-based human remains detection.

More than thirty dogs from nine states attended the spring 2024 event in early May.

“We actually provided training materials and trained the dogs on the water because we’re fortunate here to do a lot of work on the water, but a lot of these handlers don’t do that,” Barrett said. “When they are on duty, their dogs are not used to working on the water.”

This year, the force changed its structure, allowing participants to stay at the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association’s Boys and Girls Ranch. The turnout exceeded the team’s expectations.

“We were at capacity early on and actually stopped taking any more because we didn’t want to have too many in the available space,” Barrett said.

The next seminar is expected to take place in autumn 2024.

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