K-9 makes positive detection of human scent at Belews Lake

STOKESDALE, N.C. — Authorities said a K-9 detected human scent on Belews Lake, although officials do not know if it’s connected to missing fishermen Jacob Line and James Bohenstiel.

Rescue crews detected an “anomaly” using sonar technology Saturday, but are not sure if it is related to the search.

“There’s been a substantial indication of an anomaly,” Leach said.

Crew members continue to conduct water rescue training at Belews Lake as the search continues for Line and Bohenstiel, the two fishermen that disappeared April 17th.

About 25 rescue crew members from Madison, Rockingham County and Asheville worked alongside U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Saturday, learning the navigation, drag operation and sonar technology techniques.

Two dive team members searched the suspected area around 6:30 p.m. and another was planned to be deployed.

Whether or not the K-9′s detection was successful in the search has not yet been determined or released by authorities.

A K-9 officer from the Task Force in Thomasville also accompanied the crews and U.S. Coast Auxiliary.

Rescuers from multiple agencies have been doing scuba, sonar radar and ground searches in hopes of finding the men.

A truck, boat trailer and boat were found earlier this month and officials have determined that they belong to the missing fishermen. Personal items, including clothing, were also found in the vicinity of the boat.

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