Ramona Price : Cadaver Dogs Assist Santa Barbara Police in Search for Body of 7-Year-Old Girl
On Wednesday, three cadaver dogs, or historical human remains detection dogs, searched the area on both the northbound and southbound sides of Highway 101 at the overpass. Lt. Paul McCaffrey said the dogs found “an area of interest” during the search that will be further investigated, and Caltrans and Sanchez will decide whether to excavate for human remains. Hunter said the dogs undergo intensive training so that they respond only to human remains, and they can even smell traces of them through concrete and asphalt. They’re trained not to disturb crime scenes and can detect one drop of blood in five quarts of water.
Santa Barbara cold-case detective Jaycee Hunter and Police Chief Cam Sanchez say they believe the disappearance of 7-year-old Ramona Price in 1961 is connected to convicted serial killer Mack Ray Edwards, who committed suicide in 1071 while on death row. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)
“These dogs are amazing — so yeah, they’ll be able to sense something if it’s here,” he said.