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Missing Trooper Search Scaled Back

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BIG LAKE, Mo. (AP) __ The search for the body of missing Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Fred Guthrie Jr. has been scaled back but will continue.

The search for Guthrie’s body began Aug. 1 after he and his patrol dog disappeared while patrolling flooded land near Big Lake in northwest Missouri. The dog’s body was recovered the next day.  The patrol says it believes Guthrie and the dog became trapped in a strong river current and were swept away.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that starting Wednesday, the patrol reduced the number of officers and equipment being used in the search, in part because they were needed elsewhere.

Patrol Maj. Tommy Roam said the search will continue and the patrol is determined to find Guthrie’s body.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.

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