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While at the VA SAR Conference I learned of a few successful recent cases !!
In this one a party of 4 went hiking in the mountains of Virginia and became totally disoriented. They called for help before their phone went dead that night. A search for their vehicle was successful and gave a starting point. Nina Cipriani arrived on the scene with her trailing dog around one in the morning. A scent transfer produced a article that quite possibly was contaminated, so she had all that had been in the vehicle stand close. Her dog took trail coming out of the vehicle, working through a maze of foot paths and game trails. Once the search managers had that direction of travel they jumped the sign cutters ahead. The party of 4 was located there as the sign-cutters were starting their work!! Good job all !!