Types of Searches


The MARK9 team performs six types of searches: wilderness, urban, disaster, water, scent-discriminatory and cadaver.

A wilderness search may involve a child lost in the woods or hikers who have strayed.

Cadaver dogs  search for human remains. They are trained to find them above ground, buried and in water. 

Our urban search dogs search inhabited areas. For example, they are used when a resident walks away from a nursing home or when a child is lost in a neighborhood. They may also be used to search for victims in tornado wreckage or collapsed buildings.

A disaster search dog is trained to locate multiple victims in a large amount of damage. Urban and disaster searches may overlap.

Water recovery dogs have been known to find bodies in up to 240 feet of water by narrowing the search area to an approximately 30-foot square.

Scent-discriminatory dogs are trained to look for a specific person using a scent article, such as a piece of clothing. They may work on or off leash.

Trailing dogs work on a long line. They search by following skin grafts that fall off the body. Trailing dogs start a trail by smelling an article or object the missing person has touched and will follow that person. They work in  the urban and wilderness settings.