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Richmond County K-9 leads search team to missing South Carolina man

Lt. Paul McDole and K-9 Parker help search for a missing man in Marlboro County on July 20. Photo courtesy MCSO

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy and his K-9 partner recently helped find a missing man in a neighboring county.

The RCSO was one of several agencies on the ground in Marlboro County, South Carolina, on Tuesday to help the sheriff’s office there look for Travis Moses, who had reportedly been missing for 24 hours.

According to a Facebook post from the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, the seven-hour search included 30 officers from nine law enforcement and fire agencies.

Lt. Paul McDole said his K-9 Parker, a bloodhound, tracked Moses from his home to a heavily wooded area and kept going back to the same spot, no matter where they started tracking.

McDole said he told the search team that the area, which was thick with underbrush, would be the place to look.

Crews conducted an “arm-in-arm” grid search and found Moses within 10 minutes “disoriented, but otherwise unharmed,” according to MCSO.


Other agencies assisting MCSO included Marlboro County Fire, Bennettsville Police Department, Wallace Fire Department, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the S.C. Forestry Commission.

“While it is never a ‘good’ thing to need one another because it means something horrible has happened, it is truly incredible to see the relationships grow and strengthen between agencies on a case like today’s,” the post reads. “We are truly grateful for all of the agencies that supported us today and also for all who took the time to share the information and helped save a life.”

McDole has been a K-9 handler since May of 2015.

His first partner was Liz, born Jan. 30, 2011 to the Kody Snodgrass Foundation — also known as 832 Deputy Dogs — based in Homosassa, Florida.

Liz had a litter of puppies the previous month. Parker was one of those and has been with RCSO for six years, according to McDole.

Liz passed away in 2019.

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