Harry has also been qualified as an
expert in the courts of law and has given expert testimony in every
state in the USA as well as the islands of St Thomas, St Croix, USVI.
Jamaica, and in the countries of Turkey, Honduras, Dominican Republic,
Haiti, Canada, Philippines, and Mexico.
Mr. Oakes helped developed the N.A.S.A.R. and F.E.M.A. K-9 SAR Standards
as well as International SAR Standards.
National and local media and Attorneys seeking an expert witness
regarding SAR, Search dogs, scent, scent evidence, often call on Mr.
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I'm posting this on our web site as I'm tired of arguing with folks on
who actually located the remain of Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis. You
read our report and decide for yourselves.
This will shut those folks up who deny we did.
I’ve deleted some personal information to protect the clients. This
embarrassed the hell out of the local police agency handling the case as
well as the FBI. They conducted 7 searches of the suspects property for
two missing girls Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis. Jan. through March
2002 and then the FBI went public and stated, ”there was nothing to be
found on Ward Weavers property”.
We then ended up finding 3 human remains. Two on the property and one in
an area the police claimed to have searched twice nearby.
Documentation speaks for itself. I’ve been subpoenaed on cases over 10
years old. So make sure you keep good records and accurate notes.
International K-9 Search and Rescue Service
PO Box# 1472, Longview, Washington 98632 USA
Office: (360) 414-8093 Mobile (503) 705-0258.
Integrity you can count on - Service you can trust.
I.K.9.S.A.R.S. Case: 2002-2146-076(A).
On 03-04-2002 I.K.9.S.A.R.S. was asked to enter the private search
efforts for Ashley Pond.
Ashley Pond (Missing Person) DLS: 01-09-2002 DOB 0#-0#-89 Age 13. Height
5'03" 110lbs. Brown hair, brown eyes. Birthmark on right hip. Ashley
attended Gardiner Middle School. Shoe size 7-1/2.
Lori Pond (Mother) Lives at ####### Newell Creek Apartments Beavercreek
Rd. Oregon City, Oregon 97045. Lori's vehicle: White four-door hardtop,
Hyundai Ore. ###-###. Temp P##### Exp 03-26-02.
Gardiner Middle School (Ashley's school). ### Ethel St. Oregon City,
Ward Weaver (Friend of Lori's) Lives at #### Beavercreek Rd. Oregon
City, Oregon 97045 (503) ###-####.
Miranda Gaddis (Missing Girl) DLS: March 08-2002. Last seen wearing:
Black netting blue backpack, blue jeans, tennis shoes, dark blue shirt
that said "HURLEY" on it. Miranda attended Gardiner Middle School.
Piercing bellybutton, and tongue.
Michelle Duffy (Miranda's Mother) (503) ###-####. Age 34.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. (Support investigative
Oregon City Police (Initial investigating agency). ###-####.
National Missing Children's locate Center (Portland, Oregon). (503)
###-####. Local missing children's locate center.
Federal Bureau of Investigations (Portland, Oregon). (Lead investigative
Harry E. Oakes Jr. (SAR Dog Handler / SAR Coordinator).
SAR Dog Valorie K-9-1. SAR Dog Valorie is a 7-1/2 year old, Border
collie, Schiperkee, Mutt Mix. Valorie has documented 2053 Missions with
884 documented finds assisted finds of people, pets, suspect
identifications, and evidence. Photographs of both can be reviewed in
People Magazine Nov. 30, 98 issue page# 61. Numerous finds made in both
the Oklahoma City Bombing Disaster 1995, Honduras after Hurricane Mitch
struck 1998, and in both of the Turkey Earthquakes in 8/99 and 11/99.
Valorie has flown 142 times in cabin, without incident. SAR Dog Valorie
is the first search dog ever to be allowed into Jamaica for a search
Michelle Keating Mailing address: PO Box# #####, Portland, Oregon 97294
Email: #####@####### Michelle has performed 61 missions around the
world. She has documented finding 49 victims.
SAR Dog Yogi K-9-2. SAR Dog Yogi is a 5-1/2 year old Golden Retriever.
Yogi is Michelle's third search dog. Yogi has performed 33 missions
finding 49 victims.
03-04-2002 I sent Lori a letter asking her if she wanted I.K.9.S.A.R.S.
assistance after the N.M.C.L.C. asked I.K.9.S.A.R.S. to get involved in
this case. I had earlier contacted both O.C.P.D. and the F.B.I. and
offered our services to them. Both refused as “they were using their own
resources and search dog teams and didn’t need any additional help”.
03-06-2002 Wed. I received a telephone call from Lori Pond asking for
I.K.9.S.A.R.S. assistance in her private search for her missing
daughter. I talked with Ashley's mother Lori over the telephone. I set
up a meeting with her at her parent’s house in Ore. City on Thurs.
03-07-2002 Thurs. Met with Lori and her sister at her apt. Instead of
her parent's home. I did initial interview. Had Lori sign I.K.9.S.A.R.S.
Services contract. I then collected handwriting samples from Ashley.
Photographed apartment, room, exterior entrance & exits. Worked on
initial reports. Asked Lori to get her daughter's items from school
03-08-2002 Fri. Worked on reports. Received call from Lori asking me to
call her. Calls came in at 2230 and 0030 Sat.
03-09-2001 Sat. 0500Hrs. I called and left a message for Lori to call me
back. Media released info. that another girl is missing from the same
03-10-2002 Sun. I obtained scent articles (Pillow case and backpack)
belonging to Ashley and I introduced SAR Dog Valorie to these items and
stated, "Let's go find Ashely".
Michelle also introduced these same items to her SAR Dog Yogi. SAR Dog
Valorie immediately tracked Ashley out of the apartment complex then
northeast down over a dirt embankment then south along the row of
apartments where I could see someone had spent some time under one of
the extended patios.
Then the track led back to the staircase that leads up to the main road.
Ward Weavers House. That's where the track ended. (Back of Ward Weaver’s
03-15-2002 Fri. 1127Hrs. I arrived at Ward's house and was met at the
door by his son Alex. Alex asked me in after I id myself as a private
search dog handler from Int. K-9 SAR Services looking for Ashley. Alex
called his father Ward on the telephone while Ward was at work. I talked
with Ward over the telephone. Ward gave me verbal consent to search his
property stating,” Everyone else has been on there. The FBI, OCPD, the
County sheriff’s dept. I don’t care just stay away from the concrete
slab that he had poured back in Jan. Ward didn't want it messed up”.
I introduced SAR Dog Valorie to Ashley's scent article and SAR Dog
Valorie went to the main hallway and indicated a “Death alert” on the
carpet inside Wards’ home. SAR Dog Valorie then led me to a lay down
large white freezer sitting in Ward’s kitchen. SAR Dog Valorie indicated
a death alert at the freezer. I tried to open it and it was locked. When
I asked Alex if he had a key to the freezer, Alex became nervous, his
face turned white in color and he stuttered ,”My dad’s the only person
who has a key to that and there’s nothing in there right now”.
I then took search dog Valorie through the rest of Ward’s house and then
through the back sliding glass door over the cement slab behind Wards
home. Ward had stated he was putting in a hot tub at this site. SAR Dog
Valorie stopped her track of Ashley's scent at the back of the house.
Where the grass and cement slab met. SAR Dog Valorie indicated a strong
death alert. I knew at this time Ashley was buried under the cement. SAR
Dog Valorie also alerted in the rear shed area.
Both the shed and concrete slab area were indications of 12-49 (Human
There were 5 no-pest-strips loaded with dead flies handing inside the
small shed behind Ward’s house. I could see that the inside of the shed
had numerous large cardboard boxes and plastic bags inside. I felt some
human remains were hidden inside this shed. I backed out of there as I
felt this was an active crime scene.
1215Hrs. I made contact with Lori at her apartment and we talked a
little more about Lori filing a report with the Nat. Missing Children's
Locate Center of Portland, Ore. Did search down in creek. Did interview
with AP reporter.
1600hrs. I notified OCPD and the FBI on our findings today by telephone,
and faxed report. I asked them to obtain a search warrant based on our
findings and recover the bodies we located.
03-17-2002 Sunday. 1430Hrs. I wanted to continue our search to see if
there were more victims then just the two that we had already located so
I drove to Lori Ponds apartment complex. I introduced SAR Dog Valorie to
Ashley's scent articles and Sigma Pseudo scent plus 30. SAR Dog Valorie
again alerted in the area NE down towards creek where SAR Dog Valorie
gives off major stress - death alerts. A search of the immediate area
revealed no new clues.
1615Hrs. SAR Dog Yogi started his track with his handler Michelle
Keating at the PLS. I didn't tell Michelle anything about what SAR Dog
Valorie had just completed doing as I wanted to see what SAR Dog Yogi
would do in his search.
1630Hrs. I photographed SAR Dog Yogi performing his search and stress
prob. death alerts NE of the apartment complex down in the creek.
1700Hrs. We drove across Beavercreek rd and searched Fir Ct. next to
Fred Meyers. There's a stand of trees on the S side. Both SAR dog
Valorie and SAR dog Yogi alerted on coyote feces. I flagged and
photographed the site and Michelle collected the sample in a plastic
bag. Upon examining the feces I found animal hair, bone fragments and
what appeared to be two strands of human hair, long and thin. and what
appeared to be suture material. I cleaned and inspected this and then
placed it in a paper envelope, sealed it and marked it with my initials
and the date.
Michelle Keating signed for custody of the poop and hair, and called the
FBI. They didn't want it. Michelle then called other agencies that
continued to "Pass the buck" and didn't want the possible evidence. I
then took possession of the possible human hair and will turn it in to
the Oregon State Med. examiners' office on 03-19-2002. Our search dog
teams have repeatedly found human remains in coyote poop. See "Dela
Carlson Report Clatsop Co., Ore."
03-20-2002 1400Hrs. In-route to search area. 1454Hrs. Started on the
East side of Hwy 213 headed north. Found a dead deer and bird. Val did
get one air-scent alert. Winds swirling from canyon on the West side.
She ignored the dead deer remains.
1545Hrs. West side of Hwy 213 down over embankment first level of
canyon. Val found two HUMAN "Femur" bones. Fresh. These bones were very
fresh. I marked the location with flagging, photographed the bones
location and then collected them.
1715Hrs. completed search of Hwy 213. East and West Sides. Val still
wanted to head North along #213. Found nothing. Turned every thing,
report on CD, hair, bones, to Oregon City PD Evidence Collection
officer. 1800Hrs. completed the search efforts. Turned over my reports
to OCPD and the FBI.
Michelle Keating K-9-2 with SAR Dog Yogi.
03-10-2002. After meeting with Lori, James, and Breanna, and introducing
the scent articles, Yogi and I searched the apartment complex,
concentrating on stairways, garages, dumpster areas. After searching the
area, Yogi searched in Lori’s vehicle: White four-door hardtop, Hyundai
Ore. ###-###. Yogi first tracked out of the apartment complex then
northeast towards a dirt embankment. Since Harry was already following
that scent, I took Yogi out to the parking lot and concentrated on
searching the garages. Yogi went to several apartment doors along the
way. The complex driveway is in a circular shape and we followed the
scent up to a stairway leading out of the complex towards Beavercreek
road. Yogi stopped midway up and did a strong stress alert and ate
Yogi continued up the stairway through some small woods alongside a
parking area and wanted to cross Beavercreek road. We went back into the
woods where a lot of garbage has been dumped and a muddy road goes
through. Whenever we went to the edge of the embankment, below Ward
Weaver’s home, Yogi pulled down towards the complex and did a major
stress death alert. We walked back down the stairway and when we went
past the apartment buildings closest to the canyon, Yogi went past the
buildings towards the canyon. We walked past garages and Yogi didn’t
have much interest in them.
03-17-2002.Yogi and I searched the creek area going west. He gave major
stress death alerts on a grassy area next to the creek. That was an area
where very light winds were swirling. We crossed the creek and went
uphill along a dirt (mud) road. Yogi didn’t alert along the road, but
kept looking toward the creek. Going back down the road and crossing the
creek, we proceeded uphill toward the apt. complex to search the brushy
area that had a rain-filled fire pit and evidence of heavy use (packed
mud area around the pit, places to sit).
Yogi went to the creek beyond the area, but did not alert. We drove to
the area east of and behind Fred Meyer’s. Yogi kept wanting to go back
towards Beavercreek road when I asked him to find Ashley, but
immediately alerted on some coyote feces that had hair and bone in it.
The brushy (fir trees and thick berry vines) area had numerous animal
trails and lots of coyote feces.
* One envelope containing animal (coyote) feces, with animal hair, three
strands of long human hair, one strand of suture cord.
* Attached Photos on disc. of I.K.9.S.A.R.S. Search dogs searching and
giving death alerts in creek bed.
*Harry Oakes and Michelle Keating’s training, testing, and work
(Note) I put this in our reports to show credibility. So when the Deputy
DA’s office reads this case file they know whom they are dealing with.
*Search Dog Valorie’s and Search dog Yogi's training, testing, and work
*SAR Dog Valorie documented finding 10 victims dead in the Oklahoma City
Bombing. (Check your own FBI records on this report).
*SAR Dog Yogi and SAR Dog Valorie documented finding 25 victims dead in
the mud, rubble, and structure collapses, in Honduras after Hurricane
Mitch struck. (Check with the Tegucigalpa Fire Dept Commander). *SAR Dog
Valorie documented finding 71 victims dead and 14 victims buried alive
in both of the 1999 Turkey Earthquakes. (Check with the Turkish American
and military on this report).
*Oregon Department of Justice 1997 Audit of Mr. Oakes files show that
his record keeping is 100% accurate.
*Miami Office of the FBI established Mr. Oakes' credibility before using
his search dog services in Jamaica on the Claudia Kirshoch case. During
the actual search in Jamaica, the Miami's FBI's office forensics team
established that "After SAR Dog Valorie alerted on a suspect's vehicle,
they found hair and fibers belonging to Claudia Kirshoch. Establishing
credibility to SAR Dog Valorie's alerts. Senior FBI Agent Mike Bonner
witnessed Val's alerts and track.
*Clark Co. District Attorney's Office Vancouver, Washington established
Mr. Oakes as an expert witness in a court of law regarding scent, scent
evidence and training, testing, and working search dogs on crime scenes.
(State of Washington, Clark County VS. K. Beeson Case. (Kidnapping
*Copies of Search Warrants issued in Arkansas, Tennessee, Oregon,
Washington, Ohio, and Jamaica, based on Harry's search dogs and scent
evidence available upon request.
Strongly suggest Police to re-interview Ward ref: the alerts SAR Dog
Valorie is giving on the cemented area behind Wards house and the shed
area. Bring in ground penetrating radar and search the cement slab for
human remains buried under the slab.
I feel Ashley is buried under the slab. As we had Ashley’s scent article
and my dog alerted where the ground and slab made contact with each
Search the lay-down freezer inside Ward’s kitchen for Miranda. Also
search the nearby shed behind Ward’s house. Why would anyone put 5 no
pest strips in the shed and why would all the flies be attracted to this
shed unless there was decomposing tissue inside.
Get the FBI agents off the highways with the missing kids photos and put
them to work doing field interviews with all of the street kids in
Eugene, Portland, Salem, along the Oregon and California coast looking
for any possible witnesses.
If the police establish that a tip might be highly probable, send a
search dog to the (sighting) area of the missing kids and see if the dog
alerts and establishes a track. If it does, then this is a confirmed
sighting. If it doesn't then the police would be wasting their money,
efforts, and time working on this lead.
Pull the phone records of the home and cellular services for incoming
and outgoing calls from both Ashley and the other missing child, their
parents records and interview the callers.
If the poop is determined to have human hair inside, perform DNA to see
if it belongs to either of the missing girls. If it is established that
any of the hair does belong to one of the missing kids, then call us and
we'll go back in and find the remains. Especially since all the State
Certified SAR dog teams couldn't find anything.
Identify the third body (human remains) hair and human femurs we located
behind Beaver creek apts.
For More information go to www.k9sardog.com
Mr. Harry E. Oakes Jr. K-9-1.
International K-9 Search and Rescue Handler Instructor. BPST# 9863.