02-17-2009, 09:22 PM #1
Trail to the Water & Cadaver dog hits
I'm having a hard time wading through the long threads to find this information. Does anyone have any links or info on what the dogs found? Did they bring in dogs to smell decomposition or just bloodhounds to track her scent? Were they able to track her scent?
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02-17-2009, 09:29 PM #2
A canine officer followed a track that lead directly out the back door of the home and down a wooded path.
Deputies found what appeared to be a small footprint in the dirt, but noted Haleigh’s shoes were still inside her home.
The tracking dog led deputies to a pond and back to Green Drive, Haleigh’s street. Deputies looked inside a small building with a door that had been left open. Nothing was inside.
The track continued north past Haleigh’s home down Monroe Avenue and onto Buchan Circle, which looped back to Monroe Avenue. The canine officer continued to track down Buffalo Bluff Road but lost the track at the railroad crossing.
02-17-2009, 09:36 PM #3
Did they say if the footprint was of a barefoot or a foot with a shoe? Just curious... You'd think the perp would have carried her, especially if she was taken asleep. Poor baby probably had no idea what was going on.
02-17-2009, 09:57 PM #4
02-17-2009, 10:59 PM #5
route of the tracking dogs
This is the post with the map that was done by JWG of the route of the tracking dogs.
[I don’t know how to bring this over to this thread]
EDIT Newer version of map
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02-17-2009, 11:34 PM #6Former Member
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These were tracking dogs. It seems that maybe some child's clothing was found, but not a pink top and underpants. This afternoon, LE in FL made it clear that the description of the last known items that Haleigh was wearing were not as originally stated, and that the important thing was to look carefully at her face because everything else could be changed.
02-18-2009, 01:52 AM #7
I have a question for some of you experienced sleuths:
In general, when LE dogs find a trail like the one left by Haleigh, would they then give the dogs an additional person's (such as Misty, Ron, RSO's..) scent to see if any of them accompanied her? I know they would look for additional shoe prints. But would it be routine to see if anybody else took that same pathway with her?
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02-18-2009, 07:21 AM #8Registered User
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i am not at all familiar with tracking dogs and how reliable they are. nor do i know what other possible factors could be involved, but the trail the dog followed seems very strange to say the least. i can't imagine why a perp would take her around in circles through the neighborhood and not straight out to the main road.
if haleigh never even made it to bed that night, and the dog used sheets and blankets to get her scent, then is it possible that the dog was tracking a different person? it kind of sounds like this family may have had a habit of playing musical beds. i question how sure they can be that the dog was tracking haleigh's scent and not someone else's.
how could her scent just stop at the rr crossing? LE are human too and once the dog tracked out of the subdivision and to the main road......it would seem that haleigh left in a vehicle and was out of the immediate area. i wouldn't blame an officer if he stopped at this point. if he continued.......the next thing he might know was that it was 3 hours later, he was ten miles down the road, and still "tracking." the dog could have been a great help if it led to another trailer in the neighborhood, but going to the main road means to me that she was long gone (IF the dog was in fact correctly tracking her scent).
wouldn't her scent probably be all around her house and neighborhood from playing outside, taking walks, going to/from the bus stop? i think someone said the dog would track the "newest" scent, but what if there wasn't a "new" scent from that night to be tracked?
02-21-2009, 02:46 AM #9
Does anyone know if they had cadaver dogs out in the search today?
I wonder why not... and why not bring more dogs in?
This is odd to me... with Ashley and Miranda they had dogs out there 3 or 4 times....
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02-21-2009, 03:29 AM #10
The thing is,this was a trail they would go on to water and then on road to Misty's brother's house.They asked her if she walked on the road w/kids and she said yes.I would assume they used cadaver dogs on the searches after the first night.
02-21-2009, 07:07 AM #11Registered User
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One news report said LE would be using 15 cadaver dogs, but if LE has reported any 'hits', I've missed it........also be nice if LE would report NO 'hits'.
With the house the 'crime scene' you would think LE would take the dogs in & around the house......
02-21-2009, 09:21 AM #12
I am so sorry about your son. I clicked on the link because your son's picture reminded me of a similiar picture I have of my son.
Bless you and your family.
02-21-2009, 10:18 AM #13
Im not sure if its available online but Mythbusters had a segment about tracking dogs/how they work/ and can you beat one. IIRC Adam tried several methods to shake the dogs like changing clothes, going through water, etc. The dogs are pretty reliable, and while not totally foolproof, they would be hard to fake out without a VERY conscious effort. It would be hard to kidnap someone AND try to fool dogs at the same time. So I would say if dogs followed a scent in a particular track, the path would be pretty reliable.Lashelle
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02-21-2009, 11:50 AM #14Registered User
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I would have been so helpful in the beginning if LE could have tracked the freshest scent trail of Misty and Ron also. I wonder why LE doesn't use this method.
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