This five-day class will bring together criminalists, investigators, prosecutors, and others to lead discussions including use of advances in DNA typing methods, CODIS, familial searches, John Doe warrants and other approaches to solving cold cases. Students should be prepared to discuss, in detail, two cases in which they are involved. Items of discussion may include: 1) physical and biological evidence, 2) crime scene geography and demographics, 3) body discovery, 4) crime scene description, 5) victim's last known contact or sighting, 6) autopsy results, 7) witness statements, and 8) suspects.
Student participation and interactive lecture from a team of instructors with experience in investigating or solving cold cases.
Students will discuss cold cases with the aim of developing additional investigative leads.
The course is designed for detectives, District Attorney investigators, criminalists, and crime scene technicians.
Students should be prepared to discuss as any of the subjects from the class description for two cases in which they are involved.