The project, based on a book by Susannah Charleson, will follow a K-9 Search and Rescue volunteer (Tricia Helfer) who solves crimes with her golden retriever Puzzle.
Winter will play Jake, another member of the Search and Rescue team who is accompanied by his own canine companion Shadow, according to Deadline.
The actor recently played a recurring role on The Mentalist and has also appeared on Brothers & Sisters and Days of Our Lives.
In 2012, he will recur in ABC's new comedy-drama GCB.
CSI's Carol Mendelsohn has co-written the Scent of the Missing pilot and will also executive produce alongside Melissa R Byer, Treena Hancock, Barry Josephson and Julie Weitz. CBS Television Studios is producing.
Deadwood's Gerald McRaney will also appear as the father of Helfer's character Susannah.
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