April 20, 2015 – Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s Investment in GPR Technology Pays Off
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April 20, 2015 – Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s Investment in GPR Technology Pays Off

TORONTO, April 20, 2015 /CNW/ – Due to reports that the number of clandestine graves in Oklahoma were soaring, law enforcement decided to turn to technology for a solution. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) recently purchased Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology in their efforts to locate homicide victims.

Previously OSBI relied on a highly trained forensic archeologist to decipher a victim’s burial site. Now with minimal training investigators can simply scan the area with FINDAR and locate hidden graves.

Samantha Weaver, a mother of two children, was last seen in June of 2012. After years of following leads the investigation narrowed and officials began to focus on a property located on Rustic Oaks Drive just outside of Shawnee.

At this point OSBI was called in to assist with the investigation. A shed near the back of the property was of particular interest.

OSBI officials searched the shed and were not disappointed. Under plywood and 3 feet of soil a body was discovered.

Beth Green, a trained GPR operator for OSBI said, “It’s the most rewarding thing in the world. That is the whole reason why I’m in Law Enforcement, to help people and speak for people who cannot speak for themselves.”

Finding the body after 3 years is a significant turn of events for the investigation into the death of the Shawnee mother.

Pottawatomie County District Attorney was quick to indicate that, ‘Without the use of GPR technology it’s very possible the remains would never have been located.”

Sensors & Software is a technology company that manufactures premium GPR technology. FINDAR was designed by Sensors & Software’s Engineering Team and optimized to find buried evidence. Some of the largest law enforcement agencies in Canada were consulted during the design process resulting in a technology that is easy to use and technically progressive. OSBI purchased their first FINDAR system in November of 2014.