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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
June 17, 2011
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RMC K-9 Squad Locates Deceased Missing Hiker

A Florida Department of Corrections K-9 team, aided by Facebook photos and cell phone triangulation, located a deceased missing man on Wednesday, June 15 at the bottom of a rock quarry in Alachua County.

At  9:40 pm on June 14, 2011, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office requested K-9 assistance from the Reception and Medical Center at Lake Butler in locating a 19-year-old hiker, Christian Rhoades, who had been missing since earlier in the day.  The search began at the north end of the Arbor Green subdivision, near W. Newberry Road.  Law Enforcement staff advised the K-9 team that the missing individual had posted photos to his Facebook page of the area in which the search began, earlier in the day.  Information was also received from the hiker’s cellular service provider indicating that his cell phone was within a quarter mile radius of the area.   

The RMC K-9 team of Sergeant Bobby Adams, Sergeant Anson Johnson, and Officer Richard Shuler, assisted by Deputies Richard Beattie and Charles Drake, deployed K-9 Patriot and began to search the area.  The area they were searching was a lime rock quarry with numerous steep cliffs and ravines.  They made numerous attempts to establish a track throughout the night but to no avail, as many of the land areas were simply too dangerous to search in the dark.

Upon daybreak on Thursday, June 15, they made their way down the steep terrain and located the body of Christian Rhoades at the bottom of the quarry.  The crimes scene was secured by Deputies Beattie and Drake.

“Our hearts go out to this young man’s family in their time of grief,” said RMC Warden Brian Riedl.

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