Brian Kelly

HOLT COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX)-The body of a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper who had been missing since August has been found.

The body of Trooper Fred Guthrie Jr. was recovered Thursday afternoon, in a brush pile near where the k-9 who disappeared with him was found the day after they were swept away by floodwaters in Holt County.

Captain Tim Hull says the body was found by contractors working to fill scour holes along Highway 111, “They were excavating dirt and sand to fill in those scour holes and during that process, while we had officers there watching for signs of any recovery efforts, the body was found during that process.”

Hull says that area had been searched before, but Trooper Guthrie’s body was hidden from view.

Guthrie and his patrol K-9 Reed, were working Missouri River flood duty in the area of Big Lake on Missouri Highway 118 at Missouri Highway 111 on August 1, when they were apparently swept away by swift flood water.  Reed’s body was found the next day in the water about 100 yards from where Trooper Guthrie’s patrol truck and boat were located.

Trooper Guthrie was a native of Knob Noster, Mo. He spent 17 years with the Missouri Water Patrol and Highway Patrol combined. He is the 30th member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to die in the line of duty.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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