Sniffer dogs go solo

18 September 2007
Daily Star

The Brit sniffer dogs that unearthed vital evidence in the Maddie case have quit the police to become global crimebusters.

Springer spaniels Keela and Eddie blew the probe wide open when they apparently smelled death in the McCanns' holiday apartment and hire car.

That was after Portuguese dogs had helped in the investigation, but had sniffed out little. Tests showed bodily fluids they found in the spare tyre well in the Renault Scenic were allegedly an 88% match of Madeleine's DNA.

Now their handler Martin Grime has left South Yorkshire Police to become a freelance crime cracker.

He has set up on his own to use his expertise across the world and the dogs will travel with him. Last night Martin and Eddie were in the US after being brought in to help the search for a missing woman. They are in Lafayette, Georgia, helping look for Theresa Parker.

Her husband, Sam Parker, has denied having anything to do with her disappearance.

The couple were in the process of getting a divorce when she vanished. FBI supremo John Parrish said:

"Grime is renowned for his ability in forensics."

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