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K9 Human Remains Detection

Instructors: Ann Christensen, Bill Dotson, Ben Alexander, and Tiffanie Turner

Dog searching for remains
Dog searching

This workshop is held by the The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) in cooperation with the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and FIRST K9.

Instructors for this seminar were nationally recognized trainers and handlers. Instructors: Ann Christensen and/or Bill Dotson, Ben Alexander, Tiffanie Turner, and Jennifer Blanton from TEXSAR (texsar.org). Volunteer members provide assistance and escort of K9 teams during training within the facility.

Participants are provided opportunities to expose their dogs to full body decompostion at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility located on Freeman Ranch. Dogs are exposed to both buried and surface remains. Classroom instruction included human versus non-human bone identification and training tips. Set ups include exposure to a single body in a 2-5 acre area and the ability to work a search scenario for a whole body.

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dog searching field

April 8 - 10, 2016

Location: Texas State University, Freeman Ranch 2101 Freeman Ranch Road, San Marcos

Times: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration: Please complete and submit the REGISTRATION FORM

Contact:Ben Alexander (979-739-8353 or facts.k9@gmail.com) for details about the course or Sophia Mavroudas (FACTS@txstate.edu or 512-245-1900) for local arrangments.

Upcoming Dates: April 8-10, 2016

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Photos by Rebecca Ross of March 2013 Seminar

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