Investigators dismiss ‘possible recovery of human remains’ in Galveston, applaud rescue dogs

Photo by Nora Mishanec

When police received an anonymous tip of possible human remains buried in Galveston last week, highly trained rescue dogs scoured the site for clues. They found the smell of a corpse, but it wasn’t new.

After a thorough search of the site – located on the 2300 block of P½ Avenue – Galveston police investigators determined on Tuesday that it contained no new human remains. Instead, the K-9 Alpha Search and Recovery Unit had sniffed out the exact spot where a man’s body had previously been excavated in December 1996.

Investigators, aware of the 25-year-old’s crime scene, conducted an “extensive” search of the site “to eliminate any possibility of another potential victim,” Galveston police sergeant Derek Gaspard said Tuesday. in a press release.

Police are confident there are no other bodies at the site, Gaspard said.

In the process, they gained a new admiration for the abilities of rescue dogs.

“This is a true testament to the Alpha SAR’s K-9 capabilities in locating the exact location of human remains that were recovered over 25 years ago,” Gaspard said.

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