| Soil Probe
|When digging for dead bodies, don't let a little skeleton stop you. You get a call of a possible grave that needs to be excavated. First you photograph the site and start digging down 12 to 18 inches and discover the skeletal remains of an animal. You are convinced that someone has buried a favorite pet there. The bones have been verified as that of an animal. When this happens an inexperienced investigator might call off the dig.
This is where the soil probe comes into play. Before you start to dig at a site, you gradually insert the probe into the soil to check the soil density. The probe will go into disturbed soil easily compared to undisturbed soil. In doing this, you could determine the perimeter of the area that has been disturbed and lay out the dig area.
A clever murderer might bury his victim first and then bury a dead dog, cat or animal a few inches further up to mislead investigators. If you find a small animal skeleton during a dig for human remains, you should use a soil probe to test the soil beneath the skeleton. If the ground is dense and hard you are done.
To make your own soil probe, purchase a ¼" steel rod 36 to 48 inch in length with a 6" piece of ¾" dowel rod attached to one end to form a "T" handle from your local hardware store. Round off the other end of the steel rod to allow it to easily penetrate the ground.