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Missing O’Fallon Child Located by Tracking Dog

Tank and Officer Spiess

A 13-year-old boy from O’Fallon who was reported missing Sunday was found less then fifteen minutes after a tracking dog from the St. Charles County Police Department was brought in.

The boy, who is autistic, was last seen in the O’Fallon Lakes Apartment Complex, on Veterans Memorial Drive between Bryan Road and the O’Fallon Hills subdivision.

“We started looking about 4:15 p.m.,” said Detective John Neske of the O’Fallon Police Department. “We searched for an hour, but we were coming up empty.” The department contacted the St. Charles County Police Department, who had a tracking dog available.

The tracking dog, named Tank, and his handler, Officer Courtney Spiess, were able to find the boy within 15 minutes after Tank was shown a piece of the boy’s clothing.

The boy was behind one of the buildings in the apartment complex, safe and unharmed, Neske said.

Tank and Officer Spiess
Officer Spiess and police K9 Tank


On their Facebook page, the O’Fallon Police Department posted, “We [are] lucky to serve this community and we are equally lucky to have great community partners like the St. Charles County Police Department.”


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