Hernando County Sheriff's detectives, USF Anthropology Dept. searches for remains of murdered Megan Pratt

2:48 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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Hernando County, Florida -- Hernando County deputies have opened up a search for the remains of a 3-year-old girl who disappeared back in September 1991.

Megan Pratt's parents originally told deputies she was killed in a car accident but after a lengthy investigation, her mother, Vicki Schober, and stepfather, Jesse Schober, were charged with her murder in 2003. Hernando County deputies say Jesse later admitted to hitting Megan and burying the toddler's body in the woods. He was convicted for her murder.

On Tuesday, HCSO Major Case detectives teamed up with USF's Anthropology Department to use new ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology to search for her remains in the area around Pointview and Nun roads.

Photo Gallery: Search for murdered 3-year-old's remains

The sheriff's office shared photos with the media of yesterday's search. The holes that are seen in the photos were created in order to examine the layers of soil for "disruption" but so far they say nothing has turned up.

GPR uses electromagnetic radiation to transmit high frequency radio waves into the ground to determine if there are differences in soil material densities as well as underground voids. It is useful for covering large areas, however, since it doesn't give an actual image of whatever anomaly it is registering many "false positives" can arise.

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