Los Angeles, California
Buster, and his owner/handler, retired Mammoth Lakes Police Sgt. Paul Dostie appear in this months JUST LABS magazine (July/August 2014) in an outstanding feature article, “A ‘Tail’ of an Incredible Dog”, written by Donald K. Allen, MS, DVM.
See the full article here:
In 2013 and 2014, Buster, and Sgt. Dostie were called in to help me investigate and conduct a forensic search of my father’s former residence, the Sowden/Franklin House at 5121 Franklin Avenue, in Hollywood. In 2010 physical evidence was found which showed the residence to be the probable location where Elizabeth “Black Dahlia” Short was murdered.
It is believed that if human remains are buried on or near the property they are like one of the three “L.A. Lone Woman Murder victims” whose bodies were never found. (Jean Spangler, Mimi Boomhower, or the Unidentified Jane Doe LAPD recorded being assaulted on their electronic stakeout of the residence on Feb 18, 1950.
In 2013 and 2014 Buster conducted interior and exterior searches of the Hodel residence and he “alerted” to the smell of human remains. Soil samples were recovered. Later analysis of these samples by Dr. Arpad Vass, a highly respected forensic anthropologist [who also worked on the TARAWA MIA project] showed they were positive and “specific for human remains.”
Buster and Sgt. Dostie seen hard at work on Tarawa
Credited with locating over 100 U.S. and 100 Japanese MIAs