Local search-and-rescue dog found bodies of two missing teens

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There’s a dog in the Albuquerque area you hope you never have to meet. There’s nothing wrong with her, but she has a very specialized purpose, and that is finding bodies. 

It’s her job to help bring justice and find answers for desperate families. 

“It’s tremendous. I mean for someone to not have their baby to bury…I can’t imagine going through that,” said Shannon Farrell. 

In late December, KT and her handler Shannon Farrell were called to help search an area of the mesa after Sandoval County deputies found clothes west of Rio Rancho. 

“They asked for a human remain detection dog, so we went out there and assisted them, and KT did indicate that there were human remains,” said Farrell.  

KT located the bodies of 14-year-old Ahmed Lateef and 15-year-old Collin Romero. The murdered boys had been missing for more than two weeks. 

“Later we found that it was the bodies of Collin and Ahmed,” said Farrell. 

Collin’s mother, Amanda Kimbrel, had been searching the desert on her own since her son disappeared, but it was KT that finally found him. 

“It’s extremely tragic,” said Farrell.  

KT is one of only a few dogs in the state trained to find human remains. She’s assisted the FBI in other states, and even helped search for the body of a little boy at the Amalia compound, north of Taos. 

“They’re good dogs, and they’re gonna do a good job,” Farrell said.  

Although it’s not an easy job, she said there are two things that keep her going. 

“I’m hoping that you know, KT assisting will maybe bring a conviction and the families have their boys back to bury,” said Farrell.  

KT”s handler and her husband are also in the process of training more search and rescue dogs. 

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