K-9 Units Take To Searching For Missing Woman In Benzie County

It’s been nearly two months since Adrienne Quintal went missing from her family’s Benzie County cabin.

In the seven weeks since her mysterious disappearance, police have gotten little clues as to what happened.

Early in the morning hours of October 17, Quintal called a friend panicked saying she was in a shootout with two men and hit one in the face. Police found bullet holes in the cabin but no blood anywhere.

Other than her cell phone and boots on the roof, there have been no other signs of what happened.

“We’re just hoping that with this crew we have out here, is going to be the one that makes or breaks it,” says Kyle Rosa, Benzie County Undersheriff.

“All of those clues kind of lead us to a spot where there were dead ends,” says Rosa.

Every search for Adrienne Quintal has come up empty.

“All of those clues kind of lead us to a spot where there were dead ends,” says Rosa.

So now they have turned to the experts, 12 K-9 search units.

“Our best chances of finding any evidence for this case is by mode of the dogs nose,” says Chris Moe-Herlick with the Alpena County Search and Rescue Team.

Hundreds of acres will be searched this weekend by these units. So far searches by people both in the air and on the ground have turned up nothing.

“We could have many human people out there walking a line and doing a search,” says Moe-Herlick, “but they are only covering a very small area, where the dogs are out ranging looking for scent.”

These dogs are from all over Michigan and surrounding states and are trained to do one thing, find human remains. They are so good at their job, they won’t even hit an any animal remains out in the forest.

“We train for separation between senses and between odors,” says Moe-Herlick.

Even then, it’s not going to be easy.

“Up until this point there have been tons of people in this environment that have contaminated the area,” says Moe-Herlick.

Given other searches and what these dogs can do, police expect this will confirm or eliminate the theory that she wandered off alone in the woods that night.

“After today and tomorrow, we’ll have satisfied ourselves,” says Rosa, “In saying Ada’s here or she’s not.”