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Drug-sniffing K-9 lost after crash that seriously injured three Marion residents

Amara, a Belgian Malinois went missing after an accident Wed., June 5, 2019, near Ely.
Amara, a Belgian Malinois went missing after an accident Wed., June 5, 2019, near Ely.
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A 3-year-old female drug detection K-9 went missing Wednesday night following a crash that seriously injured. three Marion residents

Richard Dane Jedlicka, 35, of West Branch, was driving a pickup north on Ely Road around 6 p.m. when he crossed the centerline at the intersection with Seven Sisters Road south of Ely, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said.

The pickup crashed head-on into an SUV being driven by Jesse Thomas Ozbun, 29, of Marion.

In the SUV with Ozbun were Shawnee Renae Lines, 26, and Hunter Ozbun, 4, both of Marion, as well as Amara, Ozbun’s Belgian Malinois and K-9 partner.

Ron Sims, owner of All Events Security, based in Cedar Rapids, said Ozbun is the company’s commander of security and Amara’s handler. The family, Sims said, was heading out for a fishing trip when the crash happened and Amara was ejected from the vehicle.

Lines was taken by helicopter to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City with life-threatening injuries. Jesse and Hunter Ozbun were taken by ambulance to the UIHC for treatment of serious injuries.

Jedlicka was arrested on a charge of operating while intoxicated and taken to the Linn County Jail. Additional charges are pending, the sheriff’s office said.

Sims said the dog was last seen by a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy on a bike trail near Seven Sisters and Ely roads. The animal ran off when the officer attempted to approach her.

“We think she was probably scared and hurt in the crash and ran off,” Sims said.

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“We searched the area near the crash until about 1:30 Thursday morning and couldn’t find her. Since she was able to run away from the wreck, I’m guessing she still is alive, and might be lying out there somewhere hurt.”

Sims said he planned to search around the bike trail where she was last seen throughout the day Thursday.

Amara is good with people but can be skittish with strangers, according to a post on Twitter from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

If the dog is found, contact Sims at (319) 531-6201 or the local animal control.

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