Trooper Frederick "Fred" F. Guthrie, Jr. Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri EoW: Monday, August 1, 2011

Trooper Frederick Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

Frederick "Fred" F. Guthrie, Jr.

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri
End of Watch: Monday, August 1, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 46
Tour of Duty: 17 years, 7 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Incident: August 1, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Missouri State Highway Patrol
1510 E. Elm Street
Public Affairs Office
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3313

Trooper Fred Guthrie and his canine, Reed, are presumed 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 Tuesday evening while Trooper Guthrie remains missing.
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.


The body of the dog known as Patrol K-9 Reed, was recovered Tuesday evening about 100 yards from the vehicle used by his partner Trooper Frederick "Fred" F. Guthrie Jr., of Platte City, Mo.

Reed’s body was found in swift-moving flood water near a damn being built to redirect water flow.

Guthrie and Reed went missing on Monday while working flood duty on the Missouri River in the area of Big Lake on Missouri 118 and Missouri 111 in Holt County. It is believed the two were swept away by swift flood waters. Guthrie is presumed drowned, but his body has not been found.

"We know that he drowned, but how is all speculation," said Sgt. Sheldon Lyon of the Missouri Highway Patrol. "We’ll just have to see what investigators determine at the scene to try to piece together this very unusual event."

According to investigators, Guthrie was last seen around 1 p.m. on Monday. About two hours later, his vehicle was found with the engine running and the door open.
Guthrie joined the Missouri State Water Patrol on Jan. 2, 1994 and transitioned to trooper with the merger to the Highway Patrol on Jan. 1, 2011, where he has served in the Water Patrol Division within Troop A serving Platte County.
The search for Guthrie was called off Monday night, but resumed Tuesday morning. Numerous law enforcement agencies, including the patrol’s aircraft and water patrol divisions will participate in the recovery effort.

The incident is currently under investigation, but investigators say that there is absolutely no sign of foul play, and that the cause of death will be listed as drowning.


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