Dog trained to sniff blood brought in to missing dispatcher case

13 September 2007
Associated Press Newswires
Lafayette, Ga.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has brought in a specially trained dog from the United Kingdom to help in the search for a missing 911 dispatcher.

The dog, an English Springer Spaniel named Eddie, and his handler, Martin Grime, will be in Lafayette for several days to help search for Theresa Parker, who has been missing since March 21, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said on Thursday.

Grime, a 30-year veteran of police and military K-9 forensic investigations, said Eddie can pick up evidence that cannot be found any other way, even by other K-9 units.

"Our investigation is still very active and ongoing," Wilson said.

Wilson said there were several areas in and around LaFayette that he wanted the dog to check.

The dog is trained to sniff out blood samples that may be too small to be seen by the human eye, even after items have been cleaned or washed many times.

Sam Parker has maintained he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance. The couple was in the process of getting a divorce when she disappeared.

Parker, a former LaFayette police officer, has been named a person of interest in the case by authorities.

A man who worked with Parker, Harbin "Ben" Chaffin, is facing trial accused of tampering with evidence in the case.

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