2018 Graduate Student Showcase

Title of Submission

Joint Ground-Penetrating Radar and Cadaver Dog Search to Investigate a Homicide Case with the Nampa Police Department

Degree Program

Geophysics, MS

Major Advisor Name

Hans-Peter Marshall

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster


The Society of Exploration Geophysicists Student Chapter at BSU used ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to assist the Nampa Police Department on a 55-year-old homicide case. A woman is presumed to be buried beneath the floor of a Nampa School District building. SEG students acquired 500 MHz GPR depth profiles to make an initial characterization of the subsurface and found an anomalous area, ~1.5 m­2 of soil disturbance. Two cadaver dogs alerted in three locations, giving the geophysics team a bounded survey area. The joint GPR and cadaver dog search indicates areas of interest for excavation.

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