Leitchfield woman leads team of bloodhounds working to solve cold cases

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WDRB) -- The cases of missing Bardstown mother Crystal Rogers, murdered Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis and a 5-year-old boy allegedly beaten to death by his father all have one thing in common.

A canine group in Grayson County is trying to help crack their cases.

The group Bluegrass Bloodhounds deployed down to Dickson, Tennessee, last week to help with the search of Joe Clyde Daniels, the 5-year-old boy whose body still hasn't been found.

Judy Braun, who lives about 150 miles away in Leitchfield, has been watching the disturbing case play out, but she's not watching from the sidelines. She leads Bluegrass Bloodhounds, one of only a handful of certified Search and Rescue teams in central Kentucky.

Braun and her husband started the group seven years ago with one dog: Tracker.

"When I got into this, it was specifically for my children," she said. "And that was the idea: my dog was supposed to find my kids."

And now 10 dogs and multiple litters later, her bloodhounds are one of the most sought-after groups, trained in tracking, explosives and, soon, cadavers.

"What we do normally is we'll track to a certain area. Our dogs will give us indications and a certain direction," Braun said. "We'll put in ground pounders, and that's how they make their finds."

Braun hopes it's the key to finding Joe and by bringing his body home.

"I'm a mother, and if my child was missing, if you have to come from Tennessee, wherever you have to come from, come find my child," she said.

Braun also trains dogs for law enforcement across Kentucky. She and her team will be back in Dickson on Saturday to help search for little Joe's body

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