Duck bloodhound ‘Morse’ passes away

Duck, NC – The Town of Duck and Police Chief Phillip Ferguson announce with extreme sadness the passing of the Town’s beloved tracking Bloodhound Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Morse on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

Morse was born on December 7, 2001 and became part of the Ferguson family in April of 2002 when he was named DCI Morse of Stirling Bridge. His name was two-fold, having been named after Colin Dexter’s Fictional Detective Chief Inspector Morse followed by the Ferguson kennel name, Stirling Bridge. He was also a registered Bloodhound with the American Kennel Club.

Officer Morse joined the Duck Police Department on April 1, 2003, along with Chief Ferguson as part of the original formation of the department. Officer Morse quickly became a favorite of both residents and visitors alike as he was frequently seen around Town accompanying Chief Ferguson.

Each December, Morse and Ferguson attended the National Police Bloodhound Association Winter Training in York, South Carolina to keep up on the latest tracking techniques. Although, fortunately, Morse never needed to use his skills on a missing person case in the Town of Duck, he was ready to be called upon as his training required.

Additionally, Morse was an annual participant in the Town’s 4th of July Parade, frequented Children’s Story Time at the Town Park in the summer, loved “Yappy Hour” at Outer Barks, and took frequent walks throughout the Town and the park. He also loved Milkbones, turkey at Thanksgiving, getting sprayed by the garden hose, and of course all the hugs and kisses he received while out and about throughout the Town of Duck.

Morse will be greatly missed by The Town of Duck’s residents, visitors, and staff. He is survived by his parents, Chief Phillip and Sandy Ferguson, and sister Piper.