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In December 2012, as a member of the STARR search team, K9 Trooper and COL Jeff Jordan were
deployed to assist Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) in locating the remains of a
presumed murder victim. The team searched various locations around Orangeburg County. K9
Trooper and COL Jordan were called to search for the possibility of human remains in a vehicle
known to have been driven by the suspect. Several vehicles were in storage in the OCSD
compound, one being the suspect’s vehicle. At the compound several cars where searched and
K9 Trooper detected the smell of human remains on the driver’s seat and rear passenger seat of
one of the vehicles. As it turned out, this car was the one driven by the murder suspect. Three
long years passed until right before Thanksgiving 2015. COL Jordan was contacted by the
Orangeburg Solicitor’s Office that the trial was about to begin and he and his K9 training records
would need to be ready. COL Jordan prepared several days for his testimony with the Solicitor’s
Office and was ready to go. The day before the trial was to begin; the Solicitor reported that the
suspect pled guilty before standing trial. The suspect admitted to murdering the victim and that
he had transported the body of the victim in the vehicle K9 Trooper indicated. Although the
body of the victim was not recovered, the evidence collected during the investigation along
with K9 Trooper’s indications made for a solid case. As a Cadaver Dog handler, it doesn’t get
much better than this!
K9 Trooper is a member of the SCSG K9 Special Operations Unit trained and handled by COL Jeff
Jordan. COL Jordan also serves as an instructor with Highland Canine, LLC in Harmony, NC. At the
Highland Training facility, COL Jordan works in training police and military scent detection
canines from all over the world.
SCSG K-9 Contributes to Solving 2012 Murder Case in Orangeburg County