FBI and Local Police Search for Clues in Illinois Cold CasesBy Joseph L. Giacalone
What the police may do in this cold case investigation:
1. If a body is what they are looking for, numerous holes will be drilled into the ground to vent the area so that cadaver sniffing dogs can be brought in. The process is time consuming because the area has to be given ample time to vent in order for the dogs to be effective. The location of the scene makes it even more difficult. The trucks and cars that pass by may prove to be a distraction for the dogs.
2. As the ground is leveled off, the police will probably use ground penetrating radar to identify any voids in the ground that may contain what they are searching for, more than likely a body. Those voids will then be excavated.
Whenever the police are involved in a cold case "dig" such as this, a member of the medial examiner's office / coroner must be there, especially a forensic anthropologist. The forensic anthropologist will be able to determine right on the spot if the bones found at the scene are human or animal. Having members of the forensic team at the scene saves countless hours.
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