Vigo Co. Search and Rescue cadaver dogs used in ground search


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – It is now the third day of searching for leads in the homicide case that started Sunday night when a body was found in the Wabash River.

The body was found about a half mile south of Interstate 70. Time is of the essence in these scenarios and law enforcement isn’t wasting any of that.

This isn’t your ordinary hunting party.

They’re hunting for a crime scene.

Vigo County sheriff’s deputies and conservation officers combed the river for evidence all week.

A search team took a boat out on the water and back to the area where the body was found.

But Wednesday, they took it one step further.

They brought out the Vigo County Search and Rescue cadaver dogs.

“We’ve used cadaver dogs in the past successfully. They seek out and find human tissue, blood, residue,” said Chief Deputy Clark Cottom, Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers are looking for any minute piece of evidence, and these dogs are trained to detect even a microscopic piece of tissue or blood.

“If this homicide occurred close to the river’s edge, the body deposited in the river, there’s a good chance there may be residues left behind,” said Chief Deputy Cottom.

They’re searching about a two-mile stretch.

“The U.S. 40 river bridges. Upstream and downstream. We’ll check those bridges in the event this individual was put into the river from a river bridge or the railroad trestles up here,” said Chief Deputy Clark Cottom.

Leaving no stone unturned. And officials say, if there’s “any” evidence left behind, these K-9’s will find it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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