NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Law enforcement officers are mourning the death of Edo, a K9 with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
Nearly three dozen volunteers and law enforcement officers searched for Edo on Sunday but found no trace of the K9. Then this morning a woman walking her dog along Cranberry Boulevard spotted his body at the edge of the woods.
News of the dog’s death spread quickly to the handler and his family after Edo was found about a mile from home.
“He’s devastated. A K9 is part of the family and generally, a K9 spends more time with the police handler than its own family due to the nature of the job. The full-time partner rides in the car with him,” said Katie Heck with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s office says Edo was reported missing around 8 p.m. Saturday night. He was last seen in his kennel in Deputy Sean Davoli’s garage.
Josh Taylor with the North Port Police Department said, “That’s what was strange in this whole case. We didn’t have a single viable sighting.”
Police don’t know if the K9 got out on his own or was stolen.
Heck said, “He’s a friendly dog. Handler said anyone can approach him, call him by his name, the dog can be friendly and approachable. The dog isn’t trained to attack someone without recognizing a command from its handler. It listens to its handler and its natural instinct is to protect the handler.”
Edo and Davoli had been partners for two years working general patrol and drug cases he was the deputy’s first K9.
“The whole family has suffered a loss and so has the sheriff’s office,” said Heck.
North Port Police will investigate the cause of Edo’s death and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will investigate his handler to see if anything could have been done to prevent his disappearance.
Investigators say there are no visible signs of trauma to the dog but a necropsy will determine the cause of death.
According to police, Edo's death has been determined to be "consistent of being hit by a vehicle."
Detectives ask the community if they remember seeing anything or have any information on Edo's death to call CrimeStoppers at 366-tips(8477) or North Port Police at (941) 429-7300.
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