CHARLESTON, W.Va. - After a search that lasted two days, a Cabell County man and his dog have been reunited.
Kenny, a 16-year-old beagle, was sitting in his owner's Ford F-150 outside a barbershop in Culloden on Tuesday. The owner, 66-year-old Bob Fannin, came out from his haircut just in time to see a thief speeding away in his truck with his best friend still in the passenger seat.
Kathy Carter, Fannin's daughter, said on Wednesday that the truck was found 20 miles north of Culloden along Bills Creek Road in Putnam County. The truck was empty. There was no trace of Kenny or the thief.
Carter and Fannin searched for Kenny in the Bills Creek Road area and took to the skies in a friend's airplane to conduct an aerial search. About 40 people were involved in the search, Fannin said.
They were more concerned with finding Kenny than recovering the stolen truck. Carter said Kenny is more than just a pet to her father, who took his dog to work with him every day.
"I had him all those years and now he's pretty much a big part of the family, a big part of it," Fannin said.
At one point, it was hoped that the man who stole the truck could be found so that they could shed some light on where Kenny might be. Fannin called the Cabell County Sheriff's Office when the truck was stolen and police told him they had reason to believe the suspect stopped at AutoZone in Teays Valley.
A warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of Stephen Reed, 29, of Putnam County, said Michael Wentz, a detective in the Cabell County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities aren't sure of Reed's current address, because he has had several recently. He was last seen in Putnam County, however.
Officers tried to find Reed all day Thursday. He faces charges of grand larceny in Cabell County, Wentz said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can reach the sheriff's office at 304-743-1594.
Fannin put up a $1,000 reward for Kenny's safe return Wednesday. Thanks to the kindness of a stranger hundreds of miles away, the reward was doubled the next day.