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.


Our members live in Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, and Virginia.  Our primary response area is the eastern states region including Washington DC.  However we frequently are requested to travel further to work missions such as cold cases or technically difficult scenes and national tragedies such as the  Pentagon after the 9-11 attacks, the Space Shuttle Columbia and hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, or to aid other SAR teams needing additional resources. 

Emergency Contact #

(authorized agencies only - law enforcement, fire departments, etc)

443-994-0505 (c)

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General Info: 410-990-9122


BARC can assist agencies in missing persons or evidence searches:

Remains above ground, buried, disarticulated, in buildings, or debris /rubble

Drownings in a pond, lake, or river

Natural or man-made disasters for live find or for human remains


Cold cases, Fire scenes, & HRD evidence

* Dogs are trained to indicate only on the odor of human decomposition and to ignore all other distractions such as food, live or dead animals, noises, and other dogs working.


Our experience and proven track record in difficult cases are why several members are canine resources for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Team Adam and Project Alert teams. 

As leading specialists in human remains detection, we also provide monthly open training opportunities as well as formal class instruction to other search & rescue teams and law enforcement.

We bring our skills and experience to aid agencies’ search efforts in a confidential and professional manner. 

Our canines are trained to indicate only on the odor of human decomposition and to ignore all other distractions.

We train to high standards to ensure the best is given to those families who are missing their loved ones. 

All services are free of charge.