Thursday, May 6, 2004

4th dog joining hunt for woman's remains

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

PERRY TWP. - A fourth cadaver-sniffing dog will be sent today to help investigators in their search for remains of Carrie Culberson, a young Clinton County woman who disappeared eight years ago.

The additional dog is being called to the Brown County search site after a third dog on Wednesday indicated he had detected the scent of human remains "in the same general area" as two other dogs, but not exactly in the same spot, said Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger.

No remains had been found as of Wednesday evening, the eighth consecutive day of searching at a pole barn on Fayetteville-Blanchester Road.

Culberson was 22 years old when she disappeared in 1996. Her ex-boyfriend, Vince Doan, was convicted of murder in her death. Her body has never been found.

Wenninger and members of Culberson's family say they are optimistic that the search will uncover remains. But Wenninger said that if no remains are discovered today, investigators would have to "re-evaluate" their next steps.

Also on Wednesday, Dr. Beth Murray, a forensic anthropologist who teaches at the College of Mount St. Joseph, spent about two hours consulting with investigators who have dug 15 feet underground.

"They wanted to make sure they are doing everything right, and they are," Murray said.

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