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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. 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 decomposition 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.

April 7-9, 2017

dog searching
dog searching field

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

Assistant Instructor: Karen Paquette

Contact: Ben Alexander (979-739-8353 or for details about the course or

Sophia Mavroudas ( or 512-245-1900) for local arrangements.

Upcoming Dates: October 2017

Pay By Credit Card

Pay by Credit Card

You may pay the tuition or deposit by credit card by clicking on the PAY BY CREDIT CARD link below and following the instructions. 


Photos by Rebecca Ross of March 2013 Seminar

Rebecca Ross Photos

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