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Fatal Fire Victim Recovery and Interpretation

July 10 - July 13


This forensics course is presented in conjunction with HD Forensics.

The course is designed to introduce participants to the basics of properly processing complex and difficult fatal fire scenes involving a human victim. The course will cover the basics of scene documentation (written, photographic, and cartographic [mapping] means) of both burned structures and car fires. The effects of fire and heat on soft and hard biological tissues will also be detailed. A mock car fire scene involving a human proxy will be processed (excavation, mapping and documentation) by the participants. How to interpret patterns of fire alteration of human tissue will be discussed. Methods for separating perimortem trauma from fire and heat alteration-induced alteration will be examined. Many actual forensic cases and significant hands-on opportunities will be presented. Dirkmaat is a board-certified forensic anthropologist that has completed nearly 700 forensic anthropology cases (surface-scatters of human remains, buried bodies, and fatal fire cases). Hochrein is a retired FBI agent who has worked on many high-profile cases such as the Oklahoma City and the Boston marathon bombers.

Special offer for professionals and students: $100 off total course price if you register before March 31st! (Discount Code: HDFORENSICS)


July 10
July 13


Tripwire Operations Group
1685 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg,PA17325United States
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