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Cadaver dogs to hunt for remains of London, Ontario woman missing since 2016



A volunteer organization that investigates cold cases plans to use cadaver dogs in London this month to search for the remains of Shelley Desrochers, missing since January 2016.

Please Bring Me Home will use the specially trained dogs that can pick up the scent of remains at two city sites, Nick Oldrieve, Please Bring Me Home’s executive director, said Tuesday. The non-profit tries to solve Canadian cold cases of missing people.

One property was searched with ground-penetrating radar last year, which found small anomalies worth checking with the dogs, he said.

A second property search is “based on an event that happened shortly after Shelley went missing, where certain people visited this location . . . ,” he said. “The reason is unclear, and in my opinion, suspect.”

There’s no guarantee the searches will find anything, Oldrieve cautioned. “You kind of set your expectations low. But it’s invigorating to even debunk a location. It lowers the number of areas where she could be.”

Desrochers, just shy of 42, was reported missing to police Jan 21, 2016. She was last seen near Lorne Avenue and English Street in Old East Village on Jan. 2 that year.

She is described as white, five-foot-two and 130 pounds, with hazel eyes and long brown hair. She had a distinctive walking style, described as “pigeon-toed,” and visible tattoos including a rose, heart and bluebird.

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