A Michigan woman who has received international attention using a cadaver-sniffing dog to crack homicide cases has been charged in federal court with planting evidence at crime scenes, the Detroit Free Press says.
Sandra Anderson, 43, was accused of planting human bones between October 2000 and April 2002. The charges were filed by lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
The government said Anderson and her dog, Eagle, searched the Huron National Forest for a 20-year-old woman who vanished in 1980. She was accused of planting and pretending to discover human bones and carpet fiber at the site.
Anderson, the director of the Great Lakes Search and Rescue of Michigan K-9 Unit, in Midland, conducts about 200 searches a year, according to news reports. She has searched for mass graves in Bosnia and Panama, and helped search for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks at the World Trade Center.