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Red River Parish sends K-9 cadaver unit to Oklahoma

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Deputy Thomas and Cephora have found bodies in Texas and in Oklahoma but not in Red River Parish, their home base. Deputy Thomas and Cephora have found bodies in Texas and in Oklahoma but not in Red River Parish, their home base.
RED RIVER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Emergency officials from the ArkLaTex will lend a helping hand to the devastated areas of Oklahoma. A Red River Parish Deputy, along with his cadaver dog, will provide a necessary seach for bodies.

It's an emotional task for Deputy Randy Thomas and his cadaver dog, Cephora. Their job is to find the bodies of those declared missing.

On Tuesday, both deputy and dog made the trip from Red River Parish to Moore, Oklahoma.

"I've put my mind around it the whole way. I'm ready for whatever we do find," Thomas says.

Thomas says he believes that their job is very important in helping families with their grieving process, particularly in terms of helping them find closure.

"That's why I do it, to help with the closure for the families. And it makes us feel good for the families," Thomas says.

KSLA News 12 first introduced the ArkLaTex to Cephora three years ago. Since then, Thomas says she has proven her worth time and again, with several recoveries to her credit.

Thomas describes Cephora as "very intelligent, really calm, good around people. I carry her to the schools, and the children all pet her."

The K-9 unit has no idea what lies in their path or how long they'll stay in Oklahoma, but they promise the victims in Oklahoma that they'll search until they are no longer needed.

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