Buried Body and Surface Skeleton

This comprehensive 40 hour course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts, and others in the field of forensic science that need the basic training and techniques for buried body or surface skeleton crime scene examinations and recoveries. Mock scenes for this course are designed to assist the student in understanding the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum amount of accurate information for ultimate crime scene reconstruction of both surface skeleton cases and more complex buried human cases. Attendees will be assigned to a crime scene team and will be responsible for the entire scene investigation and the presentation of their findings on the final class day. The teams will be graded on the amount of physical evidence (clues) that they recover from their scenes. The attendees will have a working knowledge of the techniques required to examine a surface skeleton and a buried body crime scene; this includes protocols, potential physical evidence awareness, equipment needs, bone identification and inventory, preservation of human remains procedures, search and documentation techniques, and courtroom case presentation experience. Please note that composite skeletons are buried and recovered for the hands on mock scene exercises.

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