Dog sniffs out lead in Sandals case


NEW YORK -- A dog that was used to search for victims of the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building detected the scent of missing New York travel writer Claudia Kirschhoch in the trunk of a car belonging to Anthony Grant, a former bartender at Jamaica's Beaches Negril resort, the FBI said.

Harry Oakes, who runs Portland, Ore.-based International K-9 Search and Rescue Services, said Grant's car was searched Aug. 15 while parked outside his mother's home in Green Island in the parish of Hanover, between Montego Bay and Negril.

Oakes, who volunteered his services to Kirschhoch's family, said his dog also searched Grant's mother's home and the home of Grant's girlfriend.

An FBI spokesman in Miami said the lining of the car's trunk, a pair of boots belonging to Grant and other items found in the car were sent to an FBI lab in Washington to undergo forensic testing.

Oakes said results of the forensic tests should be available in about six weeks.

Kirschhoch, an editor for Frommer's Travel Guides in New York, disappeared in Jamaica on or about May 27 while on a press trip sponsored by Sandals. She was staying at Beaches Negril.

Sandals Resorts fired Grant after he admitted that he went out with Kirschhoch on the night of May 26, which Sandals said was a violation of company policy.

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