Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes says a State Police cadaver dog unit was on the scene on Rice Road in Mexico Monday morning, and he said â??Based on what we were able to determine today, we will be conducting further examinations of the site.â??
On Saturday night, a lawyer and investigator working with Gary Thibodeau were told about a cabin in the woods that fit the description used by new witnesses in the Heidi Allen case. In 2013, the new witnesses told sheriff's investigators that three men had kidnapped Heidi Allen, killed her and hid her body under the floorboards of a Mexico area cabin. The Oswego County D.A. has said he ultimately did not find the new witnesses to be credible and Sheriff Ruell Todd said no cabin was located.
When an investigator working with Gary Thibodeau arrived at the cabin on Sunday afternoon with a reporter from Syracuse.com, it was apparent that the site had been recently disturbed. The sheriff's department and district attorney were notified and they began an examination of the site.
D.A. Oakes said he called the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's office for help with a forensic examination of the site.
"I really can't go into too many specifics as far as what the dogs did but there was information developed that led us to call the medical examiner's office and again, their team should be coming up tomorrow," said Oakes.
Oakes says a deputy will be on-hand around the clock to ensure the site remains secure.
Federal Public Defender Lisa Peebles was preparing to file a motion in Oswego County that would ask the court to overturn Gary Thibodeau's 1995 kidnapping conviction but Peebles says she will now wait until later in the week. Peebles says the cabin location is consistent with what the new witnesses told investigators in 2013.
"We've been hoping for this all along - that we would be able to find remains to basically substantial what we've been learning," said Peebles.
Last week, Oakes said he believed Gary Thibodeau was guilty and there was no evidence to the contrary. On Monday, he said he wanted to continue the examination of the site but was not ready to change his position.
"At this point it is too early to say if it changes our view of the evidence that was gathered last year. What I can tell you is that the sheriff's office and the D.A.'s office has always had the single view, the single goal of bringing Heidi home to her family," said Oakes.