by David Koon
As we reported yesterday, investigators with the University of Arkansas system's Arkansas Archeological Survey team spent this afternoon pushing a three-wheeled ground penetrating radar unit over a field near England where a Faulkner County jail inmate has said the body of missing Little Rock businessman John Glasgow is buried.
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Dr. Tom Green, director of the Archeological Survey, said that while the $25,000 radar unit — with a push-along sensor about the size of a jogging stroller — is more often used to find the remains of Native American villages or the foundations of long-gone houses, the team is sometimes called in to assist police in cases where a murder victim might be buried in the ground. He said the data from today's search will have to be returned to the lab and filtered before investigators can determine whether they've found any likely spots to dig. He said results should be in next week. The survey team began working about 11 a.m. today, Green said.
Green said the radar unit doesn't show remains in the ground. Instead, it only reveals the presence of disturbed soil, which appears as a "blur." Green said the radar antenna the team was using when the reporter visited around 1 p.m. can penetrate the sandy river bottom soil to a depth of about 6 feet. He said they have another another antenna they can use which can sense more deeply-buried objects, but the images returned aren't as clear.
Green said it's the survey team's second trip to the field near Clear Lake. The LRPD had previously asked the team to come search a nearby spot with the radar unit back in July. Green referred all questions about the investigation to detectives, but said that if a body had been buried in the ground for two years, if one was discovered there, investigators would likely be dealing with skeletal remains and fragments of evidence.