Bloodhound, Handler Win Award For Tracking Killer in Maine Woods

A Bloodhound named Daisy Mae is being recognized after nabbing a murder suspect who had been eluding police for six days.

In 2014, Jesse Marquis, who is accused of killing his girlfriend, Amy Theriault, was on the run in the woods near St. Francis, Maine. After unsuccessful attempts to locate the 38-year-old man, Daisy Mae and her handler, Officer Keith MacKenzie of New Hampshire, were called on the case.

Daisy Mae not only found Marquis after only 90 minutes of tracking, but also scared the suspect, who was pointing a gun at MacKenzie. Being afraid of dogs, he threw the gun down, Bangor Daily News reported.

The pair was honored with Patrol Case of the Year by the United States Police Canine Association.

MacKenzie and Daisy also worked with the FBI in Pennsylvania to track Eric Frein, who opened fire outside a police barracks, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and injuring Alex Douglass, both state troopers, and then led police on a 48-day manhunt. MacKenzie has led seminars for other K-9 handlers around the country.

We are very proud of both Keith and Daisy not only for this case but also for every other case they’ve worked on,” Strafford County Chief Deputy Bob Williams told akc.org. “They are a great team.”