CASART - 9th Activation
CASART was notified on
The following twenty (21) CASART members reported to the Incident Command Post at the Norway Community Center and participated in from one to five days of the six day search: Doug Adams, Tina Brandt, Ellie Connick, Ron Dearlove, Gary Evans, Diana Huss, Jim Huss, Bruce Knudsen, Nancy Langham, Bob Liddle, Cheryl Lougeay, Ray Lougeay, Pete McCarthy, Judy Nevil, Greg O’Hara, Bonnie Petty, Roy Reehil, Bill Rockhill, Ray Schoeberlein, Eileen Tobin and Don Unsworth.
These team members endured nice weather on Monday, pouring rain all day on Tuesday, snow on the ground and on the trees on Wednesday (they were soaked and took Thursday off to dry out) and fairly nice weather on Friday and Saturday. Terrain ranged from fairly gentle open hardwoods to dense mixed forest, some short steep sections covered with nasty thorny vines, flat swamp with standing water up to two feet deep and conifers so dense that they had to pry their way through. On Saturday afternoon 10/29/05 Cheryl Lougeay, while making a sweep of Block 21 with a Type III crew made up of four other CASART members, two State Troopers and a Forest Ranger Crew Boss, discovered a critical clue on the ground, a white tissue. This quickly led to the discovery of four cigarette buts (Kool Menthol the brand of cigarettes that were smoked by the subject). A depression on the ground where someone had been sitting was also discovered and they knew the subject had been here. This concentrated the search, and on their third sweep, two hours following this discovery, they found the body of the subject.
A tremendous job was done by all of these members who
distinguished CASART as a very professional and well equipped team.
Rangers commented on how well trained and disciplined they were.
Rangers used CASART radios when their radios didn’t work.
CASART GPS units were invaluable in pinpointing where they were in
assigned blocks and in the precise location of the clues.
CASART team members were so disciplined in grid searches that the
Forest Ranger Crew Bosses joined in on the line as fellow searchers rather
than follow behind as Crew Bosses.
To find out more about the team or to get a membership application write to CASART at P.O. Box 143, Inlet, NY 13360, call us at 315-357-4381, visit our web site at www.casart.org, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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