REDDING Calif. - The Institute for Canine Forensics is a non-profit organization for the advancement of research and education of Forensic Evidence and Historic Human Remains Detection Dog teams.
The group primarily is tasked with searching sites where historic human remains may be present but last year, in response to the devastating wildfires in Santa Rosa, they teamed with Alta Archaeological Consulting in Santa Rosa and Environmental Science Associates to offer a unique service.
Using specially-trained canines and teams of archaeologists they were able to search many homes and successfully recover most cremains.
“We worked over 40 homes we probably found 90 + percent of the cremains and to be able to help those people get closure on that I can’t tell you how emotional that was for not only them but us.” Associate Lynne Engelbert told us Monday.
This team is hoping to do the same services to victims of the Carr Fire at no cost to victims.
Engelbert hopes that they can “do the same for them and we did not charge we did not want to charge you can't go in and charge something to those who have lost everything that would not be the right thing to do .”
If you are in need of their services the group had this important information for victims of these fires to immediately help facilitate the recovery of cremains:
• Do not disturb the area where the cremains may have been
• Protect that area, contact officials and tell them there are human cremains on the site
• Contact the Institute for Canine Forensics as soon as possible
If you would like to contact the institute the number is (408-981-7831)
The recovery efforts will likely begin in early September so you are asked to contact the group as early as possible.