K9 Reed

K9 Reed

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, August 1, 2011

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K9 Reed and his handler, Trooper Fred Guthrie, drowned after being swept into flood waters in the area of Routes 118 and 111 in Holt County. Trooper Guthrie was on river flood patrol duty when another patrol unit discovered his patrol truck idling on the road at about 3:00 pm, with his patrol boat still on its trailer.

A massive search was initiated but neither Trooper Guthrie nor K9 Reed could be located. The search was officially changed to a recovery effort later that evening. K9 Reed's body was recovered the following evening. Trooper Guthrie's body was recovered on January 12, 2012, near the area where K9 Reed's body was recovered.

K9 Reed had served with the Missouri State Police for five years. Trooper Guthrie had served with the Missouri State Water Patrol for 17 years until the agency was merged into the Missouri State Highway Patrol in January 2011. He was assigned to the Highway Patrol's Water Division when the incident occurred.


  • Breed Unknown Breed
  • Gender Not available
  • Age Not available
  • Tour 5 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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K-9 Reed,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and Handler for you service and sacrifice.


United States Border Patrol

August 1, 2021

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