Germany’s only animal bone hunter: Flintstone’s worst case


Flintstone made his most spectacular discovery a few years ago in a garbage dump in Lower Bavaria: the old German herding dog smelled the remains of a woman who had been cut up through a 14-meter-thick layer of earth and rubbish.

Flintstone is an “archaeodog”. A dog trained to sniff out human bones. It’s so good that it doesn’t just make it through meter-thick soil. He can also sniff out bones that have been buried, buried, and hidden for decades.

On Saturday the gray male was back in action: along the federal highway 13 near Gunzenhausen in Bavaria. His task: to find the bones of Lieselotte Lauer (30), of whom there has been no trace for almost 30 years. Flintstone’s toughest case.

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Lieselotte Lauer (30) disappeared in 1992 after a night shift.  The police offered a reward of 10,000 euros.  Notes to (0981) 909 40

Lieselotte Lauer (30) disappeared in 1992 after a night shift. The police offered a reward of 10,000 euros. Notes to (0981) 909 40Photo: police

Finally the breakthrough?

For the Kripo Ansbach the use could bring the breakthrough after years of investigations.

Lieselotte, just called “Lissy” by everyone, disappeared after a night shift in the factory of the Gunzenhausen technology company SEL on July 1, 1992. She was last seen around 10.30 am on the town square, ten kilometers from her home in Haundorf.

Her red Ford Fiesta was found in a parking lot two days later. ID and wallet were at home, her eye-catching black bag with gold buckles was lost – as was the otherwise reliable Lieselotte. She had only recently separated from her long-time boyfriend and wanted to reorganize her life.


The woman's red Ford Fiesta was found in a parking lot two days after she disappeared

The woman’s red Ford Fiesta was found in a parking lot two days after she disappearedPhoto: police

Why is searching now? Why here?

Detective chief inspector Gunnar Scharar (44) to Bild am Sonntag: “We have pieces of the puzzle and details that speak for an existing crime.” They have clues for the possible hiding of the corpse. There have been rumors in the town for a long time that Lissy was buried 30 years ago during the construction of the federal highway.

The policeman walks in a yellow police vest next to Flintstone and his master, the archaeologist Dietmar Kroepel (55). The dog sniffs, stops, barks, lifts its head, then continues tripping. How can Kroepel interpret these signs: “I have to trust my dog.”

Flintstone rarely gives clear answers: Sometimes he barks because there is a skeleton under him – or he doesn’t bark. “It’s mostly a process that I have to interpret,” says Kroepel. “Only at the end of the day do I tell the operations management what I think – then I find out whether that is possible or not.”


This map shows Gunzenhausen south of Nuremberg

This map shows Gunzenhausen south of NurembergPhoto: BILD

According to BILD am Sonntag information, Flintstone actually showed a reaction. Officially, the police do not want to comment. If the clues condense, they would literally have to be digged deeper. Then people have to do that. For Flintstone, his toughest mission is over.


Germany's only animal bone hunter: Flintstone's worst case
Photo: BILD

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