Retired agent Eileen Roemer served for twenty years in the FBI. Before entering on duty, she had been commissioned as an Officer in the US Navy, attaining the rank of Captain as a reservist. During her Bureau career, she investigated White Collar Crime, Violent Crime, Organized Crime, and Counterterrorism. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Eileen Roemer reviews her time training her unofficial FBI cadaver dogs, Riley and Bailey, both Golden Retrievers. She discusses the search and recovery work she and her dogs were assigned, locating human remains at crime scenes, including the Pentagon where she responded with them for twelve days immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
At the time she began working with her FBI cadaver dogs, Eileen Roemer was a Supervisory Special Agent and Psychological Profiler in the Profiling Unit, now known as the BAU, at Quantico, Virginia. She is a trained Police Instructor, Crisis Manager, and Crisis/Hostage Negotiator. Later in her career, she was assigned to Gulfport, Mississippi, where she supervised 25 Special Agents and Task Force Officers and to the Department of Homeland Security as Senior FBI Liaison.
Following retirement, she worked as a consultant for the National Counterterrorism Center and US Central Command. She served on the Board of the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota, Florida. On October 19, 2019, Eileen Roemer will be installed as the President of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. She was previously elected and served as a Foundation Trustee and a Regional Vice President for the organization.
Special Agent (Retired)
1985 – 2006
“A lot of people confuse search and rescue with search and recovery. Search and rescue is when you’re looking for live people who are missing. Search and recovery is when you’re looking for death, someone who will probably be dead when you find them.” —Retired Agent Eileen Roemer
The following are links to articles about cases where the FBI cadaver dogs were used to assist with search and recovery investigations:
The Morning Call – 7/22/2017: Finding bodies: ‘A well-trained dog can’t be replaced’
CNN – 7/13/2017: How cadaver dogs found a missing Pennsylvania man deep underground
WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore 10/5/2017: Video: Cadaver dog helping state police solve murder cases
CBS News – 10/21/2011: Cadaver dog gets “positive hit” at missing baby Lisa Irwin’s home
Barkpost Blog – 14 Dog Breeds With A Nose For Sniffing Out Crime