FBI Dog Finds Cadaver Smell in Parents' Home
Missing baby probe uncovers disturbed backyard soil
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2011 2:31 PM CDT
The parents of missing 10-month old Lisa Irwin, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, speak during a news conference in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)
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(Newser) – The Kansas City parents of a missing baby girl are facing a new dilemma: An FBI cadaver dog has sniffed out the scent of a dead body in their home, the AP reports. The dog found a "positive 'hit' ... in an area of the floor of Bradley's bedroom near the bed," according to a court document released yesterday. The document also says investigators discovered "recently disturbed or overturned" dirt in the family's backyard.

The Bradleys' high-profile attorney, Joe Tacopina, noted that cadaver dogs also react to the scent of human waste—like "a dirty diaper or 10 other non-human-remains items. There's really no scenario where this baby, God forbid she was dead, would have decomposed in that short a period of time." The parents themselves are keeping mum: After mother Deborah Bradley recently admitted on the Today show to getting drunk after putting her baby to bed, Tacopina told both parents to stop talking to the media.