PARLIER, Calif. – The missing nine-year-old police K-9, Indy, spent almost half of his life serving the Parlier Police Department. On Friday Animal Control found his body, less than a mile from home, reported ABC 30 Action News in Fresno.

“We need more of a timeline of when was the dog last seen, where he was last seen, and through that information we should be able to learn how he disappeared,” said Tony Botti, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Indy was on duty Thursday night with his handler. But somehow they lost track of the German shepherd between midnight and 6:00 a.m. Friday. Indy lived with his handler, yet it was unclear if he disappeared on duty, or off duty.

Officers called the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office to help locate Indy.

Later on Friday, Indy’s body appeared on the side of Mendocino Avenue.

“I can say that he has injuries that are consistent with being struck by a car, but we can’t say that with certainty,” said Botti.

Indy’s body is being examined by a veterinarian.

Indy was the department’s first K-9. Those who worked with him say Indy was obedient, loyal, and had won numerous awards.

“I did just speak with his handler and, you know, obviously he’s taking this very tough. Losing that partner that you expect to see every single day is very tough, this was his first and only dog,” said Botti.

Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies have been assigned to the case. Detectives are asking anyone who may know something about the disappearance to come forward and bring closure to this law enforcement family.

(Feature photo police K-9 Indy, courtesy Parlier Police Department.)

Report compiled and edited @jimmcneff  @LawEnforcementToday