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Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MiBSAR)
Expert Advisory Board

To more efficiently and effectively assist Northern Michigan law enforcement agencies and families with unsolved missing-person cases, Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MiBSAR) has partnered with some of the Midwest's top forensic experts and investigative specialists, including scientists, pathologists, anthropologists, odontologists, attorneys, wildlife biologists, cartographers, geographic information service (GIS) specialists, K-9 specialists, man-trackers, search and rescue incident commanders, etc.


Burt Crawford

Burt Crawford
Founder and principal of Maple Lane Bloodhounds

Maple Lane Bloodhounds
Highland, Michigan
1-248-685-3045 (24-hour call out)
E-mail: k9search@live.com

Burt Crawford is a K-9 Reserve Deputy with the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department in Michigan. His work with scent hounds spans upwards of 40 years. Burt has been training bloodhounds since 1996. He has participated in seminars with LEBA, NPBA, NAPWDA and Old Dominion. While most of his K-9 calls involve responding to investigative requests from detectives in the greater-Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area, he also travels statewide in times of need.

Click here to view a video of Winston—Burt's bloodhound—in action on a June 14, 2009 SAR operation in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan's Tahquamenon River Valley.

When he is not working Winston, his current bloodhound, he's often helping others learn more about working bloodhounds. He has instructed detectives on how to collect and preserve scent evidence as well as use bloodhounds as an investigative tool at Auburn Hills Community College. Burt is also an instructor with Virginia's Old Dominion K-9.

Mr. Crawford, thanks for sharing your extensive bloodhound training, research, and in-the-field experience in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


Scott J. Demel, Ph.D.

http://www.nmu.edu/Scott J. Demel, Ph.D.
Archaeologist and Physical Anthropologist

Northern Michigan University
Department of Sociology and Social Work
147D Gries Hall
Marquette, Michigan

A professor of anthropology at Northern Michigan University, Dr. Demel was formerly the head of Collections for the Department of Anthropology at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Dr. Demel's field experience includes archaeological field schools, archeological site digs, and working hand-in-hand with the FBI and Cook County Sheriff's officials to sort out the horrific Burr Oak Cemetery scandal in Alsip, Illinois, near Chicago.

 

Dr. Demel, thanks for sharing your physical anthropological expertise in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 

 


Chuck Koehn

Chuck Koehn
Man-tracking & signcutting instructor

Universal Tracking Services
Eugene, Oregon

 

Chuck Koehn has been teaching and promoting man-tracking with Universal Tracking Services since 1989. He has 15 years of SAR mission experience as a tracker, incident commander, and hasty search team member with Lane County Search and Rescue in Eugene, Oregon.

Mr. Koehn, thanks for sharing your extensive man-tracking, signcutting, and SAR expertise in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


William T. Lichon, D.D.S.

William T. Lichon, D.D.S.
Forensic odontologist

4028-A State Street
Saginaw, Michigan 48603
1-989-799-7761

In addition to practicing general dentistry, Dr. Lichon is a leading forensic odontologist who holds the positions of:
   • Chief Forensic Dentist with the Saginaw County Medical Examiner's Office in Saginaw, Michigan
   • Postmortem Chief of the Michigan State Dental Association's Identification Team
   • Member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), a federal disaster team
In the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing in 2001, Dr. Lichon was appointed chief of postmortem dental night shift operations at the Manhattan Medical Examiner's Office in New York City. Similarly, during his DMORT deployment after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he was appointed commander of dental morgue operations in St. Gabriel, Louisiana.

Dr. Lichon, thanks for sharing your extensive, forensic odontological expertise in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


Errol Lukkarinen

Corporal Errol Lukkarinen
Co-director
Special Operations Unit
Marquette County Sheriff's Office

180 U.S. 41 East
Negaunee, Michigan 49866
1-906-475-1152
Cell: 1-906-360-2402
E-mail: elukkarinen@mqtcty.org

Corporal Lukkarinen, thanks for sharing your special operations expertise and services—SAR; K-9 (Axle); underwater rescue/recovery; ice rescue; high-angle rescue; ATV, snowmobile, & marine ops—in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


Chuck McCready

Chuck McCready
Cartographer and geographic information service (GIS) specialist

No Boundaries Maps and Graphics, Inc.
614 Washington Way
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783
1-906-635-5451
Fax: 1-906-632-2544
E-mail: chuck@nbmaps.com

 

Mr. McCready, thanks for the custom-made, search-and-rescue quads and satellite photos! They're in demand among SAR crew members—"Where did you get that map?" inquired a Michigan State Police K-9 handler—and they're proving invaluable in the bush.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


Bruce D. Miller, D.D.S.

Bruce D. Miller, D.D.S.
Odontologist

301 West Magnetic Street
Marquette, Michigan 49855
1-906-228-9333

Dr. Miller, thanks for sharing your odontological expertise in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


John O'Shea, Ph.D.

John O’Shea, Ph.D.
Archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology
Curator of Great Lakes Archaeology at the
   Museum of Anthropology
Editor-in-chief, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

University of Michigan
Department of Anthropology
Ann Arbor, Michigan

With a doctorate in Prehistoric Archaeology from Cambridge University in Cambridge, United Kingdom, Dr. O'shea is a professor of anthropology with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also curator of Great Lakes Archaeology at the University's Museum of Anthropology, an international leader in anthropological archaeology research and training.

In addition to numerous research interests, Dr. O'Shea is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology (Academic Press), an international journal devoted to the development of theory and methodology for the systematic and rigorous understanding of the organization, operation, and evolution of human societies.

He has also been active in the implementation of the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and was appointed in 1998 to a six-year term on the NAGPRA Review Committee by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Dr. O'Shea, thanks for sharing your anthropological expertise in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


 

Steven L. Pence, J.D.

Steven L. Pence, J.D.
Attorney at Law

Pence & Numinen, PC
102 W. Washington St., Suite 106
Marquette, Michigan 49855
1-906- 226-2580

Mr. Pence, thanks for sharing your jurisprudence expertise in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 


Brian Roell, M.S.

Brian Roell, M.S.
Wildlife biologist and Michigan wolf coordinator

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Marquette Operations Service Center
1990 US-41 South
Marquette, Michigan 49855

 

Mr. Roell, thanks for sharing your expertise about the predation and scavenging behavior habits of wolves and coyotes in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


Susan E. Roubal, D.O.

Susan E. Roubal, D.O.
Radiologist

Marquette, Michigan 49855

Dr. Roubal, thanks for sharing your medical expertise in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


Norman Sauer, Ph.D.

Norman Sauer, Ph.D.
Forensic anthropologist

Michigan State University
Department of Anthropology
354 Baker Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824

 

Dr. Sauer, thanks for sharing your forensic anthropological and odontological expertise in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


Teresa Schwalbach, PEM

Teresa Schwalbach, PEM
Emergency management

Marquette County Emergency Management
Emergency Management Program Coordinator
180 U.S. Highway 41 East
Negaunee, MI 49866
1-906-475-1134

 

Ms. Schwalbach, thanks for supporting MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


Randolph E. Smith, M.D.

Randolph E. Smith, M.D.
Medical examiner and forensic pathologist

Marquette General Health System
Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
580 West College Ave.
Marquette, Michigan 49855

 

Dr. Smith, thanks for sharing your forensic pathological expertise in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 

 


David Stephens, M.S.

David Stephens, M.S., Director
Forensic scientist

Marquette Forensic Laboratory
Forensic Science Division
Michigan Department of State Police
309 South 3rd St.
Marquette, MI 49855
1-906-228-2683

The Marquette Crime Lab provides state-of-the-art forensic science services to law enforcement agencies across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Special thanks to Laboratory Director David Stephens and his staff of highly-trained experts for keeping us up-to-date on the latest in cutting-edge forensic science services and protocols. He and his staff's expertise have played a pivotal role in our efforts to assist Upper Peninsula law enforcement agencies with unsolved missing-person's cases.
—Michael Neiger

 


John A. Vucetich, Ph.D.

John A. Vucetich, Ph.D.
Wildlife biologist and wolf researcher

Michigan Technological University
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
186 Noblet Building
Houghton, Michigan 49931

 

Dr. Vucetich, thanks for sharing your expertise about the predation and scavenging behavior habits of wolves and coyotes in support of MiBSAR's efforts at reuniting missing loved ones with their families.
—Michael Neiger

 


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