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Thursday, September 22, 2022

OPD K-9 officer, partner assisting Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in human remains search

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office recently called upon a cadaver K-9 from Ocala to assist in the search for human remains.

According to a media release from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), on Monday, September 19, at approximately 4:15 p.m., human remains were discovered in a wooded area along SE County Line Road near Baker County.

CCSO deputies responded to the area and confirmed the discovery of suspected human skeletal remains. The scene was held overnight for the investigation to continue the following morning.

According to CCSO, detectives conducted a grid search of the area on Tuesday, September 20, and the agency’s drone was utilized to aid in the search process.

After the discovery of skeletal remains during the search, CCSO contacted the Ocala Police Department and requested the services of K-9 Officer Alex Roos and his partner, Cheney, to assist in the investigation involving the search for human remains. K-9 Cheney is one of the few cadaver-detection canines in the state of Florida.

OPD K 9 officer partner assisting Columbia County Sheriffs Office in human remains search
K-9 Officer Alex Roos and his partner, Cheney

In a social media post, OPD stated, “It’s always an honor to assist our neighboring law enforcement agencies whenever they ask for our help.”

CCSO stated that once the scene has been completely processed, detectives will work with other experts to attempt identification and to determine a cause of death.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 386-758-1095.