March 2000

William Tolhurst

by Joseph H. RADDER

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Keeping scents forever young is what William Tolhurst does best. As a well-know bloodhound trainer and storyteller his work on criminal investigations in Niagara County is interesting stuff. Internationally acclaimed for his work in forensics, working with scents and dogs and cracking difficult cases, he’s what most would call “low-key,” nonetheless.

Best known for his work with—and as an authority on—man-trailing bloodhounds, Bill has authored four books and videos on the subject. His awards in the field are impressive - as are his appearances on TV shows. Among his many achievements in a long and productive career are scent-gathering devices that were the first of their kind and were instrumental in closing crime investigations that had otherwise evaded resolution.

His 78 years don’t slow him down in the least. He’s working now on an immediate response information network to assist investigations into abductions and missing persons (kids, adults, Alzheimer’s patients, etc.).

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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