Successful Find!  Deputy Steve Hairston

Successful Find!  Deputy Steve Hairston

**SUCCESSFUL CASE*** Reported by INBTI Vice President Michael Szelc Deputy Steve Hairston of the Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office has been added to our TEAM as another Bloodhound. Joker is from…
Successful Find!  Team 66

Successful Find!  Team 66

Great job to INBTI members Christy Sallada and Team 66 in their successful find. Special Unit 66 Search & Rescue November 2, 2021  ·  Last evening our team deployed to Cumberland County for…
Successful Find!  Cpl. Adam Reynolds

Successful Find!  Cpl. Adam Reynolds

**SUCCESSFUL CASE*** Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office K9 Handler Cpl. Adam Reynolds. On 8/19/2021 a call was received reporting that a subject had abducted, strangled, and assaulted his mother during a…
Successful Find!  Cpl. Adam Reynolds (2)

Successful Find!  Cpl. Adam Reynolds (2)

**SUCCESSFUL CASE*** Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office K9 Handler Cpl. Adam Reynolds. On 9/8/2021 K9 Unit Cpl. A. Reynolds and Ruger were deployed in a tactical on-lead search for subjects wanted…
Successful Find!  Sgt. Michael Szelc (2)

Successful Find!  Sgt. Michael Szelc (2)

**SUCCESSFUL CASE*** INBTI Vice President and Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office K9 Handler Sgt. Michael Szelc. On 9-10-2021 a request was made for a K-9 tactical on-lead search for a fugitive…

Track & Trail Search and Rescue, Pennsylvania

I wanted to take a moment to share a brief recap of my team’s searches over the course of the past year where we actually got paws on ground as we say. All of the trailing dogs on our team are trained in the Kocher method and certified by INBTI.

First case was last July when we were requested to assist in the search for a missing female. The subject was trailed from a remote location at a cell tower to a convenience store nearby where the dog gave a vehicle pickup ID. The subject was later found to have been picked up by a friend at this location.

In November we assisted in locating a missing hunter. The dogs were trailing the subject when the search was called for the night for unsafe conditions. Early next morning ground teams were dispatched in the direction the dogs were heading. Meanwhile another dog team was sent to different area where a possible article of the subject was located. The dog team determined that the article found was not the subject’s and gave a negative ID. The ground team located the missing hunter in the area the first dogs teams where trailing towards.

Early March 2015 the team responded to a call of a missing elderly man. A trail in the snow was discovered and thought to be the subject’s. After procuring a scent article from the man’s home, a dog was scented up in the trail’s vicinity which the dog then took. The dog team trailed the subject to a flooded river’s edge. The subject’s body was recovered after the flooding subsided 3 weeks later 7 miles downstream.

In June team members assisted law enforcement in trailing two juvenile individuals from a stolen vehicle to a cabin then on through the woods. Articles that the juveniles were alleged to have also stolen were located along the trail. The search was called off by LE within half a mile of where a second vehicle was stolen.

A few weeks ago, the team was called out to confirm that an individual had fallen in a pond. Scent was taken from the individual’s truck door handle. Two dogs separately trailed the individual down a steep bank to give their ID at the pond’s edge. Police later reported that the subject’s body was located in the deep water directly below the spot the dogs identified.

To anyone who would doubt the Kocher method, I offer up these results. From vehicle pickups, to negatives, to casting for trails, or providing direction of travel, our team has been able to provide a service that greatly benefits our community.


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