SEMO Regional K9 Search Team

The SEMO Regional K9 Search Team provides the Southeast Missouri Region with search and rescue services, through the use of highly trained search dogs and a team of professionally trained handlers and searchers.

The Team is equipped for short term or extended term searches, and is available on an on-call basis.

To activate the Team, call your law enforcement agency, 911, or contact Team Leader Thomas Beardslee at 573-450-3221.

We`are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Several veteran handlers and their dogs have joined SEMO Regional K9 Search Team in the mission of returning missing persons to safety, or locating deceased missing persons, in the hope that the families can find some peace in the knowledge that their loved ones have been located, so they may finally be laid to rest.

With a combination of "live find" dog teams and  Human Remains Detection (HRD) teams, and some dedicated support personnel, The Team has the ability to make a difference in any missing person search.

The Team gets together each Wednesday evening and alternating Sunday afternoons to train and prepare for the next callout

What We Do

In addition to performing search  and rescue functions, our team is available for the following functions:

     Educational presentations dealing with K9 Search and Rescue, Civilian Emergency Response Teams (C.E.R.T.) and Youth Hunter Education (through the Department of Conservation),

K9 visits and displays at schools, nursing homes, public events and parades, private businesses, and civic groups.