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.

 

NCMEC - Oklahoma Search Feb 2009


In February 2009, BARC responded to Oklahoma with NCMEC's Team Adam and NecroSearch International, to assist Tulsa Police Department in hopes of locating additional evidence of a missing girl.   The Tulsa World newspaper wrote about the search efforts.


Hunt for teen's remains turns up bones

by: NICOLE MARSHALL World Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
2/17/2009 3:39:21 AM

More skeletal remains that may belong to Cori Baker, a Tulsa girl who investigators believe was slain by her sister's boyfriend in 2007, were found during the weekend.

National experts in missing-persons investigations assisted Tulsa police with another search at the scene where some of Cori's remains had been found.

Cori, 13, disappeared Nov. 9, 2007, after she reportedly was seen in Tulsa with Marquis Bullock.

He is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Some of her remains were found March 21 at a paintball course near the Creek Turnpike and 49th West Avenue in Creek County. More of her remains were found there on subsequent days.

A medical examiner's report listed her cause of death as undetermined and categorized the manner of death as unknown.

This past weekend, authorities found a molar, rib bone and other small bones or pieces of bones.

"We can't definitely say that they are hers without DNA testing. We are assuming that they are," Police Maj. Matt Kirkland said.

The expert assistance included specially trained dogs and their handlers from Team Adam with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Team Adam provides on-site assistance to law enforcement agencies and families in cases of missing, abducted or exploited children.

John McPhail, a former police officer who is a forensic registered nurse with NecroSearch International, also helped with the search. NecroSearch is a nonprofit organization of scientists and investigators who volunteer their services.

"It was founded back in about 1987, and a group of law enforcement, scientists and academics started it with the idea to try and assist law enforcement on cases to find a better way to discover someone who has been buried and be able to not only recover the remains, but the evidence as well," McPhail said.

Kirkland said police have searched the Creek County site about a half-dozen times, and he did not rule out future searches.

 

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