The team is starting to arrive again in Aruba today. There are reports that they have gone over to the landfill on MSNBC, but we do not have confirmation on that yet.
One of the people accompanying Tim Miller, head of Equusearch, is Paul Wehnert, an executive with Heath Consultants in Houston, Texas. He is bringing with him some amazing high tech search equipment to the the island. It is a Gas Detector. Here is the information we got from Texas Equusearch about it today.
The gas detection equipment is a piece of equipment that was developed to detect gas leaks in gas lines/pipes. A tech was checking for leaks along a pipeline one day and kept getting readings that drew him away from the pipe. He followed the signal and found human remains. I believe its methane gas that it detects. The one they are bringing is highly sensitive and will be able to detect decomposing remains for up to 3-4 months.
While this is not a positive sign that Natalee is alive, it is an example of the tools that are being brought to bear on the case.
Another member of the search team is Robert Cooke. He is from the Austin Texas area, and also has a missing daughter.
Rachel Cooke, Robert’s daughter, Rachel, is an accomplished cross-country runner. She left her home in the Northlake development on FM 3405 northwest of Georgetown, Texas (north of Austin) on the morning of Thursday, January 10, 2002, to go on her usual 3-4 mile morning jog around the neighborhood. Sometime around 11 AM, near the end of her run and possibly within 200 yards of home, she disappeared.
They have a website to help find her, so if you know anything about this case, please go to http://rachelcookesearch.org/.