A missing Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper will be honored Wednesday. On August 1, Trooper Fred Guthrie, Junior was swept away while patrolling the Missouri River flooding between Mound City, Missouri and Rulo, Nebraska. His body was never found.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered all flags across Missouri to fly at half-staff Wednesday as a way to honor Trooper Guthrie. A memorial service is scheduled Wednesday in Liberty, Missouri which is southeast of Kansas City.
The 46-year old trooper was a 17-year veteran of the Missouri State Water Patrol. He became a trooper when the water patrol merged with the state patrol earlier this year.
On August 1, Guthrie was part of a team that was keeping an eye on the floodwater near Big Lake. Guthrie and his K-9 were left behind when the rest of the team took a lunch break. When the others returned, they found that floodwater took over the area. Guthrie’s patrol was door was open and his cell phone was sitting on the front seat.
Guthrie’s K-9 partner “Reed” was also swept away. The dog was found a few days later.