Sheriff's Office Bloodhound Helps MPD

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A Stearns County Sheriff's Office bloodhound helped the Minneapolis Police Department in a homicide investigation.

The sheriff's office says Aspen and her handler Deputy Eric Schultz have worked with MPD Homicide several times.

This latest occasion was on Saturday, September 9 when a car crashed into a sound barrier on 35W South.

Inside the car was a deceased man who had been shot several times.

Detectives located a scent article for Aspen, and then she began to track the suspect.

While tracking, Deputy Schultz received further information from detectives which pointed to a more defined location.

Aspen then tracked to a specific residence.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence, but the suspect had fled before officers arrived.

The suspect was later located in St. Paul and arrested.

Stearns County has two bloodhounds, Aspen and Freddy.

Both are about six years old and can work for the county for 10 years.

The dogs are called into service around 100 times a year, mainly in the St. Cloud area but also to assist all over the state.

KNSI News spent some time with Deputy Schultz and Aspen to learn more about how they track suspects.

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