Bay Area Recovery Canines (BARC) is a volunteer canine search and recovery organization dedicated to providing agencies with with highly trained canines and handlers to assist in the recovery of missing persons.


In December 2004, Heather Roche with her canine, Red, traveled to Louisiana and Mississippi to conduct a series of searches with Louisiana SAR Dog Team.  One of those searches was written about in the Neshoba Democrat paper. 

Photo's taken  by the Neshoba Democrat: Choctaw Police Department officer Nick Monk, left, pushes a johnboat down Beasha Creek while Heather Roche, of the Bay Area Recovery Team in Maryland, watches her dog Red sniff for clues to the missing body of Pauline Williams on Thursday. Williams has been missing since August 2003.

Search for body of missing woman turns up nothing
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Managing Editor

Out-of-state search and rescue teams were called in last week to look for the body of a missing 42-year-old woman after two men confessed to her murder.

A search and rescue unit from Louisiana and a recovery team from Maryland were called in last week by Choctaw Indian officials to aid local search efforts for the body of Pauline Williams, who has been missing since August 2003.

The two men, Brent Clemons, 19, of 125 Lagoon Road, and Grantham K. Steve, 20, of 113 Government Orders, are charged with the woman’s murder.

Williams, a resident of the Bogue Chitto community, was last seen with the two men who confessed to authorities that they beat her to death and threw her body into a creek in the southwestern part of the county, said Sheriff’s Investigator Ralph Sciple.

Officials from Louisiana Search and Rescue and the Bay Area Recovery Team of Maryland used dogs to search the Beasha Creek off county Road 155 Thursday morning but found no indication of a body.

Authorities returned to the area Friday with a backhoe and recovered a couple of items of clothing but had no indication of whom it belonged to, Investigator Sciple said.

Williams’ family reported her missing to Choctaw authorities after several things led them to suspect foul play, Sciple said, noting that she did not show up to work or return home after her mother was hospitalized.

“We are not going to quit searching until we find her body,” Sciple said.

Williams’ daughter Serena Stoliby said Monday that her mother had just started work in the housekeeping department at Pearl River Resort when she was reported missing.

Stoliby saw her mother a few days before she disappeared.

“We pretty much knew that something was wrong,” she said. “We knew if she was going to go anywhere, she would let us know. She would have contacted somebody. There was no contact at all,” Stoliby said.

Williams had five children and eight grandchildren.

Choctaw law enforcement is assisting in the case.

LA & MS Searches 2004