Tyson Black Search Update

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and WCSO Search and Rescue teams are continuing to assist in the search for the missing six year old, Tyson Black. Sheriff Pulsipher and county staff have continued to meet with Hildale and Colorado City personnel to plan and coordinate search efforts. Using the expertise and knowledge of the Human Remains Detection (HR) K-9 teams, and experts in the search for missing persons, future searches will be targeted efforts. We will continue to evaluate and identify the highest probability areas and those will be the focus of searches.

HR K-9 handlers and other experts have a great deal of experience with different soil, temperature and debris environments. Using this information search planners will continue to deploy both K-9 teams and Search and Rescue volunteers and try for the best results over this massive search area. Local businesses and residents have continued to provide assistance with heavy equipment operation and other labor as needed to move the massive debris piles.

The massive turn out of volunteers was essential to the finding of the other 12 victims of the September 18 flash flood. At this point, however the search for Tyson may look more like a methodical expedition than a missing person search. Our meticulous search will continuing slowly down the path of flood. As there is a need for more volunteers we will reach out to the local community and surrounding county resources. The outpouring of volunteer help and support has been overwhelming and essential to the progress we have made so far.

WCSO Supports National Recovery Month

WCSO and the Washington County Drug Court Trackers would like to express their support for National Recovery month. Many of our deputies will be wearing the red ribbon in support of those who have successfully overcome addiction and those who continue to battle addiction. According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality in a 2009-2013 national survey on drug use and health, Utah had about 59,000 individuals aged 12 or older who were dependent on or abused illicit drugs within the year prior to being surveyed. You can read more about the study here: Behavior Health Barometer-UT

During the month of September, many local events and celebrations will take place to recognize and increase the awareness of substance addition. We encourage you to support those struggling with addiction and attend an event in your area.

K9 Assists with Arrest of Two for Marijuana

On August 24, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours, Deputy Graf initiated a stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. During contact with the driver, he detected an odor of marijuana and deployed his K9 partner, Tess, to search for illegal contraband. Tess indicated the presence of drugs, and during a search of the vehicle around 56 pounds of marijuana was seized.

Melvin Posey of Chicago, Illinois, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container of alcohol and lane travel violation. Rodrick Douglas of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and open container of alcohol.

K9 Tess

K9 Tess

ATF and the Utah Bomb Squad Task Force Promote Safety and Security with Explosives

The Southern Utah Bomb Squad is supporting the ATF to help promote safety, when dealing with explosive materials. There have been several incidents in which citizens arrive unannounced at police departments to turn in explosives, or persons accidentally kill themselves while trying to dispose of old dynamite. According to the ATF, it has investigated multiple explosive thefts, wherein explosives were not securely stored, resulting in explosives falling into the hands of felons and illegal drug users. Read more

Candlelight Vigil for Addiction and Recovery

To remember those who have lost their lives to addiction.
To celebrate those in recovery.
To support those still fighting.

As we all work hard to assist our community in ridding the world of addiction and the criminal like behaviors that it often fosters; we sometimes feel like we are fighting a losing battle. Many of us, unfortunately, are faced with loss, and even more difficult is the fact that we work with families who have lost a loved one to this seemingly hopeless disease.
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