On Wednesday, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department introduced two new K9 officers, Makya and Chase. The 11-month-old scent-discriminating bloodhounds will be used to help find the missing, such as children with autism or the elderly suffering from dementia.
The department has also purchased 3,000 “scent kits” to be given away free to residents through the sheriff’s office, Boone County fire departments and Witham’s emergency department registration. The kits include a pad and a jar. The pad is used to wipe on a person and is then placed in the accompanying jar to be brought out in the event the user needs to be tracked. This provides Chase and Makya with an uncontaminated scent article, BCSD Sgt. Ryan Musgrave said. More details in the Lebanon Reporter.