BUCYRUS -- The Bucyrus Police Department has introduced a new K9 member to the force.
“Ellie” is a 9-week-old Bloodhound granted to Bucyrus by The Jimmy Ryce Center. The center is dedicated to providing AKC bloodhounds to law enforcement to find abducted and lost children. The organization was established in 1995 by the Ryce family in the aftermath of the abduction, rape and murder of their son Jimmy Ryce.
Ellie’s K9 handler is Officer Amos Wolfe. Officer Wolfe has been mentored as a K9 handler by Lt. Tim Mutchler of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Mutchler has handled bloodhounds since 1995 and is a training officer.
"Ellie will begin training for tracking and after 10 months she will be certified with the National Police Bloodhound Association," stated a press release from Bucyrus Police. "In addition to attempting to locate lost and missing persons Ellie will apply her tracking skills to other investigations, such as burglary or breaking and entering.
"Ellie is a welcome addition to K9 program at Bucyrus PD, joining 'Harvey' and his handler, Capt. Neil Assenheimer."
Harvey is a 7-year-old German Shepherd, trained for narcotics detection.