LPSO Cadaver dog helps locate victim

     The Search and Rescue K9 team from the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office helped to locate the victim in a boating accident recently in Concordia Parish, according to Sheriff Scott Franklin. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck said people who saw a boat crash into a collapsed pier about 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, pulled the driver – 50-year-old Bruce Pickle of Ferriday – from the water immediately and tried CPR before an ambulance arrived.

Pickle had been thrown from the boat when it crashed. Bystanders didn’t know that anyone else was in the boat. Einck said wildlife agents were called later Saturday with a report that Larry Allen, 52, of Pearl, Mississippi, might have been in the boat. The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office late Saturday afternoon to request that the LPSO’s Search and Rescue K9 team be sent to aid in the search when it resumed Sunday morning. Deputy Sheriff Robyn Taliaferro and K9 Kia, a cadaver dog, arrived at the scene at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Kia and Robyn searched the surrounding area of the accident by boat and then Kia indicated the presence of odor while searching on the top of the submerged pier. The search teams from Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office and other agencies had to remove the collapsed pier to find Allen’s body. It was recovered around 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

“We were happy to be able to assist with the search for the missing fisherman,” Sheriff Franklin said. “We always stand ready to assist other departments in cases like this.” “We are proud of our K9 units as they offer a valuable service to the sheriff’s department and the citizens of LaSalle Parish and are available to assist other departments when the need arises,” he said.