The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Response Team (YCSRT), Search Dog Unit, provided critical assistance to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) during a missing person search this past Saturday. CCSO had been involved in an ongoing investigation and search involving 42-year-old Michael Snarski since July 24, 2011. On that date, Snarski’s vehicle was found abandoned about 20 miles south of Williams near Forest Service Road 73. Efforts to locate Snarski since that time had been unsuccessful. Snarski’s hometown is Thornton, Colorado
. On Saturday, the YCSRT Search Dog Unit was called to assist with the search for Snarski. YCSRT provided 9 members and 5 dogs that arrived for a 4AM briefing to coordinate a search in the vicinity of Snarki’s vehicle. At approximately 5:30 AM, “Angus” picked up a scent and was guided by his handler to a body tentatively identified as Michael Snarski. The area was sealed off pending arrival of CCSO detectives. There were no obvious signs of foul play. An exact cause of death determination is still pending.
Sheriff Mascher would like to extend appreciation to the Search Dog Unit for their work in this case. YCSO is fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who train constantly and are able to provide this essential service at the request of a neighboring law enforcement agency.
As mentioned in an August 12th media release, the Search Dog Unit just received a grant award from the Yavapai County Community Foundation to fund ongoing training along with the acquisition of GPS equipment and K9 supplies. These volunteers greatly appreciate the support from YCCF which aids in their work to stay trained and maintain a state of readiness.
See http://www.ycsrt.org for details about YCSRT and the Search Dog Unit. Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at (928) 771?3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov “Angus”