Seminar Title

Advanced Homicide Investigation

Dates of Events

03/27/2023 through 03/31/2023

Last Updated: 02/02/2023
Instructor(s): Multiple Instructors
Location: The Park Vista - 705 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Course Registration Fee: $650
Instructor Bio
Event Detail-2
Multiple Instructors
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Advanced Homicide Investigation
Training in Areas Not Normally Included in Homicide Classes
· Bone Collection
· Electronic Digital Evidence
· Landfill Searches and Collecting Remains
· Decomposition
· Clandestine Graves
· DNA/Genealogy
· Challenges of Homicide Case Management
· Large Scale Homicide Scenes
· Blood Evidence to the Lab
· Medical Death Investigations
· Autopsy Pathology Report for your Investigation
Monday, March 27, 2023
8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m. Registration, Welcome and Schedule
9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. “Bill” Bass and Arthur Bohanan
· Bone Collection
· Identification of Human Remains at the World Trade Center After the September 11th Attacks.

William Marvin Bass III is an American Forensic Anthropologist best known for his research on human osteology and human decomposition. He founded the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research, also known as “The Body Farm”. The Body Farm is a facility where researchers can study the decomposition of the human body under a variety of conditions. This research helps law enforcement and scientists to better understand time and manner of death, based on a better understanding of how the decomposition process works under a given set of conditions.
Arthur Bohanan was senior forensic examiner for 26 years with the Knoxville Police Department. As well as working on thousands of crime scenes, he’s done research with the FBI, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee’s Body Farm. He’s been on the response team to many large-scale disasters, including the World Trade Center, where he arrived on September 12, 2001.
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Lunch (Provided By LLRMI)
1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Glenn Bard
· Electronic and Digital Evidence Used for Homicide Investigations and Prosecution
Glenn Bard , CISSP, EnCE, CHFI, A+, Network+, Security+, ACE, AME is a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper First Class and a U.S. Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. In 1999 Glenn began Computer Crime Investigations for the state police and has since investigated crimes across the United States ranging from Child Pornography to Criminal Homicide. Glenn is the Chief Technical officer for PATCtech, overseeing all Digital Forensic and Data Services.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. – Lee Reed
· Landfill Searches – How To
· When Not to Search Landfills
· Challenges of Collecting Remains from Landfills
· Case Studies
Lee Reed was a police officer for the City of Abilene Texas. He honorably retired after 34 years of service. He is a nationally recognized expert, in Missing Children, Missing Persons and Juvenile Law.
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Lunch (Provided By LLRMI)
1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. - Dr. Arpad Alexander Vass, Ph.D.
● Decomposition to Determine Postmortem
● Technology to Locate Clandestine Graves by Odor Mortis
● Casey Anthony Murder and Trial
Dr. Arpad Alexander Vass, Ph.D. is an accomplished scientist with expertise in Forensic Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Biosafety, Microbiology/Chemistry, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Clinical Pathology, Technology Development and Research Design and Implementation. Dr. Vass is an instructor at the National Forensic Academy and has assisted law enforcement on numerous homicide investigations. One of his latest challenges is developing new technology to help locate clandestine graves by the use of odor mortis.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
8:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Rock Harmon
● New Advances in DNA Searches and Prosecution
● Genealogy
● Case Studies

Rockne Harmon spent 33 years as a career prosecutor with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in California. Mr. Harmon provides legal and investigative assistance to law enforcement concerning a systematic approach to solving and successfully prosecuting cold cases through the use of DNA and other forensic evidence.
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Robert Lowery
● Homicide Case Management: Overcoming the Challenges
● Data, Communication, and Suspect Management

Robert Lowery was the 5th police official to be appointed as Commander of the elite 35-year Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad. Robert is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, Quantico, Virginia, United State Department of Justice, Federal Agency Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children, Washington DC, International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association and Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Academy Association.
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Lunch (Provided By LLRMI)

1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Tom Martin
● Managing The Large Scale Homicide Investigation
● Collecting Evidence for the Psychiatrist
● Managing the Large Scale Homicide Search
● Dealing with the Media
Tom Martin began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a uniformed New York State Trooper. Tom regularly provides forensic testimony in various state and federal courts. He is a nationally recognized speaker who has instructed at numerous forensic training seminars across the United States, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Conferences, The National Institute of Justice Annual Conferences and Technology Fairs, and the Smithsonian Institute.
Thursday, March 30, 2023
8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Tom Martin
● Understanding & Investigating Motive and Culpable Mental State
● Cold Blooded Murder vs. Hot Blooded Murder
● The “Overkill” Murder Scene
● The Importance of Documenting Where the Blood Is and Where the Blood Isn’t
● Which Blood Stained Evidence Should I send to the Lab?
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Lunch (Provided By LLRMI)
1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Dr Mileusnic Polchan and Morgan Maples, F-ABMDI
● Autopsy What the Pathologist is Looking for that Creates Suspicion
● Over Dose Deaths

● Medical Death Investigator at the Scene
Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan is the Medical Director of Knox County Regional Forensic Center. She chaired the State Medical Examiner Advisory Council. He main area of interests are forensic toxicology, pediatric forensic pathology, particularly pediatric trauma and sudden unexplained death in infancy and youth.
Morgan Maples is the manager of the Medicolegal Death Investigations Department at the Knox County Regional Forensic Center. She is a certified Fellow by the ABMDI. She has a masters degree in Crime Scene Investigation from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is actively involved in coordinating with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS) for identification and unidentified decedents.

Friday, March 31, 2023
8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Mike Murphy
· Long Term Missing and Unidentified, Resources and Success
· Cold Case Review, An Overview
· Death Notification, Doing it Right
· Wellness and Personal Resilience ,“Taking Care of You”
Dr. P. Michael Murphy serves as President and CEO of M Power USA, an international management
consulting firm providing management and leadership guidance to public and private agencies. Dr. Murphy brings 40 plus years of law enforcement and public service experience to the position serving in a multitude of roles giving him a unique perspective beginning with boots on the ground as Chief of Police. Dr. Murphy most recently served as Director of Special Services for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia where he was responsible for the Long Term Missing and Unidentified, Forensic Services, Image Enhancement/Age Progression Units.
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