Man, Cadaver Dog Searched For Speicher

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tess is a cadaver dog that's been to Iraq in the search for Scott Speicher.

There are photos of her and her owner, Al Dodds, at work in the desert looking for the remains of American military men and women who were killed in battle.

Dodds, who lives in Orange Park, said he was told he was there specially to look for Speicher. He returned home earlier this year, but when word came they found Speicher on Sunday, Dodds said he felt like he was back in Iraq.

"I got goosebumps, and my hair stood up," Dodds said. "I just, lump in my throat, all full of emotion because like I said, we spent two years over there personally looking for him."

Dodds said they were all over the desert and in different cities, wherever there were reports of sightings.

"There were all kinds of stories and sightings, people saying he was here, he was there," Dodds said. "There were stories of him in the prison cell in Baghdad where he had his initials scratched on the wall. We were at the prison, and we were searching around the grounds there."

Dodds said they would follow the Bedouin tribes.

"We walked around a couple of days just wandering though the desert, 10 and 12 miles a day with the dogs," Dodds said.

And while the search for Speicher is over, Dodds said there still is plenty of work left to do.

"I would go back in minute, if they were to call and said they needed me to go back, offer me the opportunity to do it again," Dodds said. "I would do it again."

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