Minx, trained to find human remains, sniffs out Zintel Canyon
KENNEWICK, WA- Columbia
Basin Dive Rescue brought in a dog Thursday to search Zintel Canyon.
Minx is a six-year-old
Australian Shepherd. Kennewick police called in the dog after a teenage girl
crossing Zintel Canyon late Tuesday night spotted what she thought could have
been a human body.
A search party
comprising police officers, dive rescue volunteer, and the dog, began coming
the brush and marshes at the Zintel Canyon park entrance on Vancouver Street, heading
south toward Tenth Avenue.
Dive rescue member
Lorraine Mclean owns the dog. She says Minx has been trained to find human
"You'll see a
change in her behavior. She'll become more intent and she'll close her mouth
and the breathing gets heavier when she gets into really deep heavy
scent," Mclean says. "So when she's just wandering around like this, it tells
me she doesn't have a scent. She's looking, but she says ‘I don't have
Kennewick police called
off the search after about an hour.
"I'm confident if there
were something, she would have picked up on it," Mclean said after the search
party scoured the canyon's swampy area between Seventh and Tenth Avenues.
Police say transients are known to frequent Zintel Canyon, and officers
say the teenager may have seen a transient asleep in the canyon.