A cadaver dog is a unique, structurally designed dog whose olfactory cells (scenting ability) exceed any other breeds capabilities. To put this statement into perspective, humans have 5 million of these scenting olfactory cells, while cadaver dogs have over 270 million. Cadaver dogs are uniquely trained on all DNA molecules that take place during composition of a human body, including hair, blood, teeth, etc.
There are endless benefits to using dogs in cadaver recoveries, including the fact that they are skillfully trained, experienced and coordinated. The dogs can be an asset both in early and late detection and are an incredible resource.
The cadaver dogs can detect all levels of aged decomposition above and below the earths’ surfaces. The dogs can locate substantial evidence in cases where the body has been moved, advanced decomposition and/or where animal activity has take place and disturbed the scene.
The CPA Recovery Investigations Unit utilizes cadaver dogs to achieve success in the locating of cadaver and/or remains. Discovering the truth of a missing person is extremely important for many reasons aside from assessing the cause or establishing a conviction. It is also imperative to bring closure to the remaining family and loved ones.