October 31, 2008

ATF Arson Dog Retires

WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Wichita Fire Department today announced the retirement of Accelerant Detection Canine Jodie. Jodie has worked 330 fire scenes, 65 of which were located outside of Wichita. Those fire scenes that Jodie and her handler, Captain Brad Crisp, responded and worked led to 62 felony arrests. After nearly eight years of dedicated service to the Wichita Fire Department and many friends throughout the state of Kansas, today is Jodie's last official day.

ATF Special Agent Doug Monty said, "Brad and his partner Jodie have been a great asset to the city and surrounding areas, and no matter what time of day or night they were always at the ready to assist investigators."

The team assisted on many investigations, but two in particular were a Wichita apartment fire where a nude decapitated female body was located. This case led to a first degree murder conviction of Douglas Belt. The second was a Wichita residence fire where a female victim was determined to have been murdered prior to the fire. Billy McCaslin was convicted of first degree murder for this heinous crime. Both cases were difficult fire scenes to work, but Brad and Jodie were there and their assistance led to determinations that the fires were intentionally set and subsequently to the murder convictions. "Jodie will be sorely missed by the Wichita area fire investigation community," Monty added.

"ATF's Accelerant Detection Canine Program and its staff are the best in the world," said Crisp. "The K9 teams they put out are top notch."

In fact, the Wichita Fire Department is so impressed with the value the dog brings to a fire scene that they are sending Crisp to be trained with his new partner next month at ATF's Canine Training Facility in Front Royal, Va.

ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating arson crimes. More information on ATF and its programs is at http://www.atf.gov/.

   Contact: Special Agent Michael Schmitz   Public Information Officer   (816) 559-0756  

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

CONTACT: Special Agent Michael Schmitz, Public Information Officer ofATF, +1-816-559-0756

Web Site: http://www.atf.gov/