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The Volunteer Evergreen On Site Renovation Team, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA; 2014

Evergreen Letter


Lynn H. Gamble, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; 2012

Gamble Letter


Chinese Cemetery, Hawthorne, NV; 2008

Sue Silver
Consulting Archaeologist: Fred Frampton
Date: May 3, 2008
Description: The purpose of this survey is to attempt to identify the location of unmarked graves in the Hawthorne Chinese Cemetery and to assist in delineating an adequate boundary for the cemetery grounds to be set aside from other potential uses.

Good morning,

I hope your travel home was safe and uneventful. You had a very long day yesterday, that's for sure.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to come to do the Chinese Cemetery survey. You do not know how much it meant to me to be able to work with you and your wonderful dogs! It is inspiring to see others with a passion for what they do, just as I have my passion for protecting these cemeteries.

I wanted to share with you that Singh, the representative from the depot, said that he was very impressed with the level of professionalism he felt the project was worked. He thought that we all worked well together in our given areas and that it will provide an excellent result for our various reports. I agree. (I even managed to NOT try to control everything and let you do what you do best! <grin>)

Again, thank you. You have my sincerest gratitude and appreciation.

Best always,


Carmen Lucas, Native American Monitor, San Diego County, CA; 2008




DATE: September 13, 2007
MEETING: September 19, 2007
TO: Board of Directors
FROM: General Manager
RE: ACTION ITEM 5B: Approve Resolution 2007-17, Expressing Appreciation to the Institute of Canine Forensics and Historic human remain detection dogs Rhea, Remie, Maya, Osara, Jack, Annika, Tali, and Shiloh

During this process, the Institute for Canine Forensics, a non-profit organization based in Woodside, California for the advancement of research and education of Forensic Evidence and Human Remains Detection Dog teams, volunteered their specialized cadaver dog teams to assist in the detection of potential human remains at the aircraft crash site;
The Agency was pleased to allow the following certified handler and dog teams to travel to the crash site on several occasions to participate in the search for potential human remains: James Davidson and Maya; Kris Black and Osara; Adela Morrris and Rhea; and Ann Anderson and Jack. Additionally, the following handler and dog teams in training also traveled to the crash site on several occasions to participate in the search for potential human remains: Shirley Hammond and Remie; Sal Esposito and Annika; John Grebenkember and Tali; Tom Pomeroy and Shiloh; and Patti O’Neill.

Rhea, Remie, Maya, Osara, Jack, Annika, Tali and Shiloh, are only eight of twelve dogs in the world that are especially and uniquely trained in Historic human remains detection. During their time at the aircraft crash site, they displayed their amazing skills by alerting their handlers to numerous locations at the aircraft crash site that contained the human remains and other personal effects of the pilot and the gunner. Their biographies and accomplishments are attached as Exhibit A to Resolution 2007-17.

Staff would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Institute for Canine Forensics in volunteering its time and resources and more importantly, pay tribute to the amazing dogs for their devotion and service to human.



Susan Lent, Public Information Officer
Tom Mills, Caltrans District 9 Archaeologist

Since Terald Goodwin notified Caltrans that he remembered an historic Native American burial ground near the two proposed southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 395, Archaeologist Tom Mills has been proactively working to locate it. Goodwin, a Native American, thought there were 12 burial sites and remembered his grandmother scattering crushed, blue glass beads over unmarked graves. The last burial occurred around 1926.

The ICF search team – Ann and Rob Anderson (handling Jack, a black Lab), James Davidson (with Australian Shepherd Maya), and Adela Morris and Tom Pomeroy (handling border collies Rhea and Shiloh respectively) – did a fine job. "I was totally amazed with how the dogs are trained and actually do the work," Mills said. "I think they will eventually become a major tool used in Prehistoric Archaeology."

"This burial ground will be formally recorded during the next phase of our cultural work on the project, and will be avoided during any construction. The nature of the site and its location will be kept confidential in accordance with state and federal laws.



Historic State Park on Highway 49, Pilot Hill, CA

The Institute for Canine Forensics was contacted by the Friends of the Bayley House, a non-profit organization formed to restore and preserve the Bayley House. Our request was to have our canines locate the family burial plot on the property.

ICF teams defined and mapped the location of the Bayley family burial plot. As the story of Lillian Lafaille from the 1900s suggested, the family graves really are located up on the grassy knoll, and are shaded by majestic oak trees. Fulfilling A.J.Bayley's wishes, they are overlooking the old, beautiful and grand Bayley House…

On behalf of our organization I would like to thank the ICF teams for their help and for locating lost graves of Bayley family members.

Best regards,

John Crane
Chairman of the Friends of the Bayley House



Requestor: Jeff Carlson, Life Scout - letter to Institute for Canine Forensics

Dear ICF teams,

Thank you just doesn't seem enough for the tremendous amount of work that you and your dogs did for my Eagle Scout Project at the Clarksville Pioneer Cemetery in El Dorado Hills, California. I can't tell you enough how much I really appreciate it. Also, many thanks for your time, expertise, knowledge and service of your dogs on behalf of this project. I strongly believe in this project as it preserves history for future generations. The type of work you do is amazing! I was impressed to watch you and the other handlers work with their dogs in finding the graves.

When this project began, I didn't realize that the ICF teams were so famous. I was interested to learn about the other projects that you have done all over the world. It was very interesting how the dogs could smell the bodies and how there were so many different kinds of breed of dogs. Again, I am speechless with your generosity. I realize that it was a great sacrifice for you and dogs to come out and help. Nessie was a lead in finding the first of the graves. She found many of the 32 graves. I'm indebted to all of you.

I am very glad that some of the people buried at the Clarksville Pioneer Cemetery will now, at least, have a marker.


Jeff Carlson,
Life Scout
Boy Scouts of America



John Maher
US Forest Service
South Lake Tahoe, California
excerpt from the video documentation

"All new grave locations in Camp Richardson marked by the ICF dogs were registered by GPS and mapped for the future use. I greatly appreciate you coming and helping out with this project, bringing the dogs, it was a great experience.

I've been wanting to do this since you gave me your demonstration. I'll call all of my colleagues and let them know how successful this was.

Again, thank you very much for your services and help."


Notable Projects and Clientsimage image

  • 2012 Weissinger Cemetery, Hamburg, AL
  • 2012 Grossmont HS District, Alpine, CA
  • 2011 KB Homes, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2011 University of California, San Diego, CA
  • 2011 ASM Affiliates Inc., San Diego, CA
  • 2011 Tolowa Dunes State Park, Yontocket Cemetery, Eureka, CA
  • 2011 Bodie State Park, CA
  • 2011 Truckee, CA
  • 2010 Plumas National Forest, Oroville, CA
  • 2010, 2004 Donner Camp, Alder Creek, CA
  • 2010, 2007, 2003 Santa Clara University, San Jose, CA
  • 2009 Cultural Surveys Hawai'i, Oahu, HI
  • 2009 Ft. Leavenworth , KS
  • 2009 Wassama Round House State Historic Park, Ahwahnee, CA
  • 2009 US Army Corps Research Lab, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • 2009 City of Port Angeles, WA
  • 2008 Presidio Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2008 Kumeyaay Ancient Village, San Diego, CA
  • 2008 Hawthorne Chinese Cemetery, Hawthorne, NV
  • 2008 Santa Barbara Presidio Cemetery, CA
  • 2007 Watsonville, CA
  • 2007 Prague-Zlicin, Czech Republic
  • 2007 Equipo Peruano de Antropología Forense, Ayacucho Mountains, Peru
  • 2007 Muscatatuck Army Training Base, IN
  • 2007 Napoleon War (1815) Mass Graves, Czech Republic
  • 2006 Tuolumne - Me-wuk, Jamestown, CA
  • 2005 LoLo's Grave, Lewis & Clark Trail, MT
  • 2005 Me-wuk Cemetery, Buena Vista, CA
  • 2005 University of Missoula, MT
  • 2002 Carson River cutoff, CA

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