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Dog Searches Kennewick's Zintel Canyon for Possible Body

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Minx, trained to find human remains, sniffs out Zintel Canyon 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 remains.

"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 anything.'"

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.

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