The news report in the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is headlined, “How search dog found ASU student’s body.” What should be a serious report detailing the tragic results of search for a missing Arizona State University student, sounds more like the opening page of a novel. It begins:
The sky is overcast on a rainy Saturday morning, and still dark just before 7 a.m. when about a dozen people bundled in thick jackets gather in a nearly empty parking lot at the edge of the Salt River bed in Tempe.
Some talk quietly, smoking or rubbing their hands together for warmth. Two huskies, a bloodhound and a black Labrador rest in warm kennels inside trucks and SUVs.
The people and the dogs are here for the same reason. Fifteen days earlier, an ASU student went missing after a night in a bar across the parking lot from this spot…….
Reporter Allie Seligman misses the mark. But where were her editors? Charles Schultz’ famous Snoopy,* also a prolific writer, could have been pitch-hitting.