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Missing Dogs Massachusetts helps track down lost family pets

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SLEUTHS AND HAS SAID IT IS NOT ALWAYS SIMPLE. MORE THAN 600,000 PEOPLE GO MISSING EACH YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES ACCORDING TO THE DONOR NETWORK PAIRED A VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION THAT SEEKS TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT BRING CLOSURE TO COCOLD CASES. >> THE DOUGH NETWORK WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CREATIONS OF VOLUNTEERS WHO TOOK ON THE TASK OF CREATING A CENTRALIZED REPOSITORY FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MISSING PERSONS. ANTHONY: DEBORAH IS THE AUTHOR AOF BOOK ON THE PHENOMENON OF AMATEUR SLEUTHS CALLED THE SELLECK — THE SKELETON CREW. SHE EXPLAINS HOW AMATEUR DETECTIVES ARE HELPING TO SOLVE DECADES OLD CASES WITH THEIR COMPUTERS AND INFORMATION FROM A CENTRAL LOCATION LIKE THE NETWORK. INFORMATION ABOUT JANE AND JOHN DOES RANGE FROM PHYSILCA DESCRIPTIONS TO ARTIST SKETCHES AND INFORMATION ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE PERSON'S OUR RECOVERY. >> THIS IS THE KIND OF INFORMATION THEY HAVE AT THEIR DISPOSAL TO GO THROUGH AND TO LOOK AND POUR OVER. THEY HAVE MADE SOME TRULY REMARKABLE CONNECTIONS. ANTHONY: HOW DO THESE AMATEUR SLEUTHS THEN BEGIN TO INTERFACE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT? >> I THINK IN THEAE RLY DAYS, SOME OF THOSE INTERACTIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT DID NOT GO VERY WELL.

I THINK THEY WERTRE YING TO COMPILE INFORMATION TO CREATE THE DATABASES THEY HAD SETP. U THEY WOULD CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT DIRECTLY. IN SE OMJURISDICTIONS THAT WAS FROWNED UPON. ANTHONY: DOES THAT EVOLVE OVER TI?ME >> IN SOME PLACES, IT DID. THERE IS STILL RESISTANCE IN SOME POCKETS BUT OVER TIME, LAW ENFORCEMENT REALIZED HE NEEDED MORE EYEBALLS. >>>> WHAT REALLY CHANGED — ANTHON NY:EW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO REPORTER JASON MOON SAYS IDENTIFICATIONF O THE BEAR BROKE MURDER VICTIMS PLACE A BILLION SLEUTH PROVES IT IS HARD TO DISMISS THE WORK OF AMATEUR DETECTIVES. >> WITH SOMEONE LIKE BKYEC HEATH WHO ACTUALLY FOUND AND SUBMITTED A TIP THAT LED TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF THREE OF THE VICTIMS IN HER FREE TIME, SOMETHING THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO FOR 30 ODD YEARS.

YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE AWARE IT CAN BE A TRICKY ENDEAVOR. SOMETIMES REOPENING DIFFICULT STORIES FROM THE PAST AND MAYBE THEY HAVE THE WRONG IDEA ABOUT WHO IS RESPONSIBLE. THAT CAN CAUSE A L OOTF PAIN. ANTHONY: S SOME AMATEUR DETECTIS ARE INSPIRED TO DIG DEEP ON CASES THAT ARE MUCH MORE ROUTINE AND USUALLY DON'T INVOLVE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. THAT IS TRUE OF THE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS AROUND MASSACHUSETTS WHO HPEDEL TRACK DOWN LOST FAMILY PETS. >> IT IS CREATIVE DETECTIVE WORK. ANTHY:ON BETH'S FULL-TIME JOB AS ORGANIZING DAYTIME PLAYGROUPS FOR DOGS. >> I STARTED IN MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES. I TURNED 40, I SDAI I'M NOT GOING TO DO THIS ANYMORE. I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING I WAS PASSIONA ATEBOUT. I STARTED A DOG CARE BUSINESS. SHAYNA: IN HER FREE TIME, SHE RUNS MISSING DOGS MASSACHUSETTS.

A NONPROFIT SHE COFOUNDED IN 2019. >> WE WERE COVERED OVER A THOUSAND DOGS IN 2021. WE ARE NOT SELLING ANYTHING. ANTHONY: PIERS ASKED FOR HELP LAST SPRING AFTER HIS NEWLY ADOPTED RECUE DOG BOZEMAN BOLTED FROM THE BACK OF HIS CAR. >> IT WAS THE FASTEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN. >> IN METROWEST IF SOMEONE POST ABOUT A DOG MISSING,G, IT TAKES ABOUT THREE TO SEVEN MINUTES BEFORE I'M TAGGED INTO THE CONVERSATION.

ANTHY:ON KELLY MCPHERSON VOLUNTEERS WITH MISSING DOGS MASSACHUSETTS. WHEN SHE'S NOT SELLING REAL ESTATE, SHE REUNITES MISSING DOGS WITH HER FAMILIES. SHE WORKED ON BOZEMAN'S CE.AS >> WITHIN AN HOUR, SOMEONE WAS ON SITE WITH US. AND GAVE US THE RUNDOWN OF WHAT TO DO NEXT. SHE HAD A COLEUP MCDONALD'S CHEESEBURGERS AND SOME LEASHES IN CASE WEAW S HIM TO GET HIM ON THE LEASH REAL QUICK. ANTHONY: BOZEMAN WAS LOST IN THE WOODS OF DOVER. IT BROKE MY HEART. WE CAMPED OUT UNDER THE TOWN OF DOVER FOR SIX DAYS.

WE WERE SLEEPING IN OUR CAR HOPING HE WOULD COME BACK. AYST NEARBY. ANTHONY: MCPHERSON SET UP A HUMANE TRAP EQUIPDPE WITH A MOTION DETECTING CAMERA AND FOOD TO LURE BOZEMAN WHO HAD BEEN SPOTTED. SHAYNA DEMONSTRATES HOW THE TUSEP WORKS. >> OUR PHILOSOPHY IS TO NEVER APPLY PRESSURE TO A LOST DOG. WE BELVEIE THAT LOST DOGS THAT ARE FEELING PRESSURED MAKE BAD CIDESIONS AND THAT IS WHEN BED THINGS HAPPEN. ANTHONY: IN A MATTER OF DAYS, BOZEMAN MADE IT TO THE TRAP AND THIS CASE HAD A HAPPY ENDING. >> IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST WEEKS OF OUR LIVES AND ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS OF OUR LIVES SHOULD >> AT FIRST YOU HAVE TO BE THE STEADY IN THE STORM. YOU'RE TELLING THEM THE STEPS TO TAKE.

BY THE TIME TO GET TO THE THIRD OR FOURTH DAY, YOU ARE ALMOST LIKE FAMILY. SHAYNA: MISSING DOGS MASSACHUSETTS WORKS TO REUNITE MISSING GSDO WITH THEIR OWNERS. THEY ALSO WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ANIMAL CONTROL TO SECURE STRAY DOGS AS WELL. ANTHONY: JUST ISTH MORNING ONE OF THE ORGANIZATION'S VOLUNTEERS WAS ABLE TO CAPTURE A DOG IN GROTON. THEY ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY HER.

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