It was a busy morning Wednesday for two K-9 deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Bloodhounds Copper and Zinc helped deputies locate a missing person who had become lost in the woods in the early morning hours Wednesday, before they went on to locate two burglary suspects later the same morning, according to a press release from SRSO spokesman Sgt. Rich Aloy.
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At approximately 1:30 a.m., the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the case of the missing boater.
Earlier in the day, the adult male was dropped off by a family member for a day of canoeing on Coldwater Creek. When the individual did not return home, the Sheriff’s Office was notified.
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Deputies responded to the area near Coldwater Creek Bridge to conduct a search.
Skyline Fire arrived with a river boat to assist in the search effort.
Later, in the early morning hours, the cooler and canoe were located on a sandbar, but the individual was not in the immediate area.
Deputies called the bloodhounds for assistance. The dogs found the missing adult, hunkered down, and in need of assistance, the release said.
Deputies guided the missing person back to an awaiting ambulance where he was attended to by EMS.
Another call came in shortly after that, related to a vehicle burglary in progress.
Deputies located the suspects who ran from deputies near Makenna Circle in Pace, according to the release.
Deputies formed a perimeter to block the escape of the suspects. Bloodhounds Copper and Zinc were again contacted for assistance.
Upon arrival to the area, the dogs began a track of the suspects and alerted to a backyard on Makenna Circle.
Zinc and Copper tracked the suspects to a backyard on Makenna Circle, and deputies found Juwuan Trason Rease, 18, of Pace, hiding inside a shed. The K-9s located a second suspect, a juvenile, hiding behind a trash can. Both individuals were taken into custody.
County records indicated that Rease was charged with larceny, resisting arrest and five counts of burglary.
Colin Warren-Hicks of the Pensacola News Journal contributed to this article.