Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Manhunt launched following police dog death

Maryborough detectives are seeking public assistance to locate a man connected to the tragic death of Police Dog ‘Rambo’ earlier today.

Police say that just after midnight, officers intercepted a car driven by Alan Lace (pictured). He attempted to evade police by running through bushland near the Bruce Highway.

Police Dog Rambo and his handler were brought in to track Lace when tragically PD Rambo was struck by a car.

Police immediately transported PD Rambo to a nearby vet but he could not be revived.

“PD Rambo was a Fraser Coast local and lived in the area when he was a puppy,” Queensland Police said.

Police Dog Rambo with his handler.

“He graduated from the academy in 2015 and worked tirelessly in keeping the Maryborough community safe. PD Rambo often assisted police in locating missing persons and successfully tracked two property offenders on Australia day in 2019.

PD Rambo in action for the Queensland Police Service.

“All QPS dogs are part of their handler’s family and the bond between handlers and their dogs makes them inseparable.

“The QPS takes the safety and wellbeing of all PDs very seriously and treats them as valued members of the policing family.

“When a PD passes away as a result of an incident on duty or in training, the State Dog Squad Capability Coordinator conducts a review into the circumstances of the incident.”

A loyal police dog gone too soon – PD Rambo.

A subsequent search of Lace’s vehicle located a substantial amount of dangerous drugs, cash and other drug-related material.

“Alan is considered dangerous and may be armed. It is believed he may still be in the Maryborough area, however also has links to Childers.”

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, around 180cm tall with a bald head and brown eyes.

Anyone who knows of Alan’s whereabouts is asked to call police immediately on Triple Zero (000). Do not approach him.

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