Good intentions in the search for a missing dog may hurt more than help.
Apollo, a German shepherd, went missing after his owner, Sgt. Hamilton Taylor Woodruff, 23, of State College crashed off Interstate 99 onto Mountain Road in Freedom Township Monday.
Woodruff died Tuesday.
Searchers have been focusing on Mountain Road near the site of the crash, said Trooper Jeff Petucci of state police at Hollidaysburg.
Kathleen Neal, Central Region Emergency Strike Team operations director, said Apollo was spotted at 3 p.m. Friday, and searchers got within 50 feet of him before he ran.
Neal said people with good intentions are leaving food out for Apollo, but doing so will work against search efforts.
She said humane dog traps have been set out, but if Apollo is not hungry, the traps are useless.
The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team's Bedford County Chapter sent out an urgent message Friday evening reporting an injured German shepherd was spotted in Bedford near the former Agway and North Street.
A Bedford County 911 spokeswoman said it is not known if the dog is Apollo, but the center is relaying messages to Blair County 911, and the emergency call centers are working together.
The urgent message asked anyone who spotted the dog to call 911 and not attempt to catch him because an injured animal is "unpredictable."
Neal said people from Mount Nittany United Methodist Church in State College will continue to search today. Woodruff's father, Howard, is pastor of the church.
Woodruff had been a Marine for about five years, a U.S. Marine Corps spokesman said.
He joined the Marines in June 2004 and was assigned to the Marine Corps Special Operations Command March 14, less than a month before his death.
Woodruff was an Arab linguist, attached to an intelligence company in the special operations support group at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, spokesman Maj. Michael Armistead said.
The Marine had two overseas deployments, Armistead said.
His awards include the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Assistance Award, National Defense Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.