Seminar Title

Homicide and Death Investigation Conference- Training in Areas Not Normally Included in Basic Homicide Classes

Dates of Events

04/15/2024 through 04/19/2024

Last Updated: 04/15/2024
Instructor(s): Glenn Bard, Michael Murphy, Robert G. Lowery, Jr., Joseph Rauch
Location: Drury Plaza Hotel San Antionio North / Stone Oak - 823 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232
Course Registration Fee: $550
Instructor Bio
Glenn Bard
Glenn Bard 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 has also conducted forensic examinations for city, state and federal Law Enforcement Agencies including the FBI, US Postal Inspectors, and I.C.E. as well as foreign governments.
Glenn has been certified as an expert in numerous states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United States Federal Court System in the areas of Digital Forensics, Cellular Technology and Computer Technology.
Glenn has been a speaker for organizations of all sizes and types, both public and private, to include the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, World Security Congress, and hundreds of law enforcement agencies, law firms and universities.
Several of the cases Glenn has worked have received National coverage, to include Fox News, Dateline, the Associated Press, Yahoo!, the New York Times, and many more.
Glenn has received numerous awards during his military and police career, including Honorable Discharges from both the United States Army and the Pennsylvania State Police.
Glenn developed, created and implemented certifications for two forensic software companies used by agencies around the world.
Glenn is the Chief Technical officer for PATCtech, overseeing all Digital Forensic and Data Services. Glenn has acted as technical consultant and/or personally developed Computer Forensic Programs at multiple Colleges, to include Westmoreland County Community College where he was a faculty instructor prior to retiring.

Michael Murphy
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 forty 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 to Chief of Police.
His journey of public service began as an entry level police officer in Kansas City, Kansas to serving as Chief of Police in Mesquite, Nevada. 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 while serving as the National Amber Alert Coordinator.
Prior to his time on the national stage, Dr. Murphy served as Coroner for the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner for 13 years while simultaneously acted as the Interim Director of Juvenile Justice Services and Chief Lobbyist for the 76th & 77th Legislative Sessions of the Nevada Legislature.
Michael is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a doctoral degree in Business Administration with California Pacific University. He is also a Fellow with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Robert G. Lowery, Jr.
Robert Lowery was the 5th police official to be appointed as Commander of the elite 35-year Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, a multi-jurisdictional violent crime task force concerned with the high profile murder investigations in Missouri and Illinois. Serving 2.5 million citizens across 12 counties. Formed partnerships with Federal Law Enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United State Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Secret Service and Internal Revenue to maximize resources available for in-progress homicide cases. Robert created the Technical Operations Group, a specially trained team designed to provide electronic support in tracking and locating suspects. Robert created the Family Liaison Program which provided specially trained investigators to work with families of victims of homicide cases, investigated violent crimes with 500 Law Enforcement Investigators from over 100 local, county, state, federal agencies and managed high-level murder cases in collaboration with numerous officers and agencies.
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.

Joseph Rauch
Detective Joseph M. Rauch is a decorated twenty-five year veteran of the Atlantic City Police Department in Atlantic City, New Jersey, assigned to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit in Atlantic County, New Jersey since 2006.
Joe began his career in 1984 working in Atlantic City’s casino gaming industry as an Investigator with Harrah’s Entertainment Incorporated and Trump Entertainment Resorts Incorporated conducting civil and cooperative criminal investigations, serving as a law enforcement liaison and providing protective services for executives, dignitaries, celebrities and high profile clientele. In 1994, he left the casino gaming industry and joined the Atlantic City Police Department.
Detective Rauch has an extensive education, training and experience in multiple facets of law enforcement, having served a variety of assignments throughout his career including; Uniform Patrol Division, Community Policing Section, Accident Investigation Unit, Gun Reduction Unit, Narcotics Unit, Prostitution Unit, Casino Hotel Investigations Unit, Police Community Partnership Grant Team, Juvenile Investigations Section, Criminal Investigations Section, Shooting Response Team and the Special Projects Unit. He is a certified Fire/Arson investigator routinely assisting the Atlantic City Police & Fire Departments Arson Investigation Unit and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Investigation Unit in conducting arson and fire related death investigations. As a member of the Atlantic City Police Department Emergency Response Team, he also serves as a Negotiator with the Crisis Negotiation Team and is a certified public safety diver trained in rescue and underwater search & recovery.
In August 2011, Detective Rauch accepted the position of Eastern Regional Director with the International Homicide Investigators Association. He continues to serve his position organizing and instructing training events throughout the east coast, advancing curriculum, developing new training products and promoting membership.
Since 2016 Detective Rauch has served on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Advisory Board for the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP).
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Crime Scene • Documentation and Report Writing • Digital Evidence • Courtroom Presentation • • Managing a Major Case Investigation • Advances in DNA and Genealogy• Investigating Cases of Unidentified Human Remains • No Body Homicides • Special Search Considerations • Victim Issues • Cause and Manner of Death Autoerotic Deaths, Non-Vehicular Deaths ,Suicides ,Unattended Natural Deaths •The investigation of the Post Mortem Interval • Clandestine Burial • Forensic Anthropology Bioprofile Methods • Mass Disaster Response and Victim Identification • Homicide Investigator Resiliency
Monday, April 15, 2024
8:00 a.m.—8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m
. Joe Rauch
Importance of the First Responder
•Who is the First Responder?
•Understanding and Changing the Mindset of the First Responder
•Communication and Team Building between the Investigator and the First Responder
•Establishing and Maintaining the Integrity of the Crime Scene
•Supervision of First Responders, Crime Scene and Media Relations
•Knowing the Abilities and Limitations of the First Responder
•Issues and Challenges of the First Responder
• Preparing the First Responder for Court
The Homicide Investigator
•Who is the Homicide Investigator?
•Ethics & Responsibilities of the Homicide Investigator
•Case Management -Keeping your Focus and learning to Juggle
 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Glenn Bard
• Electronic and Digital Evidence Used for Homicide Investigations and Prosecution “Speaking For The Victims” 
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Joe Rauch
Crime Scene Analysis, Investigative Techniques and Resources
•Learning to Read the Crime Scene
•Identification & Individualization of Physical Evidence
•Practical Application of Crime Scene Analysis to the Investigative Process
•Investigative Tools and Techniques
•Application & Use of Advancements in Technology and Digital Forensics
•Leveraging Private Sector Cooperation
Documentation and Report Writing
•Reaffirming the Basics of Report Writing
•Documenting the Case from the Initial Call to the Verdict
•Documentation as a Positive/Negative Reflection of the Investigation
•Errors and Pitfalls of Report Writing
•Techniques and Importance of Note Taking
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
Robert Lowery
• Genealogy
• Databases
•Managing Major Case Homicides
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Bob Lowery
Investigating Cases of Unidentified Human Remains
•Resources to Make Identification
•Facial and Skull Reconstructions
-Where to start?
-Artifacts and Clothing
-Scars, Marks & Tattoos
-Enhancing Techniques
•Advanced Forensic Testing
-Pollen Testing and Analysis
-Chemical Isotope Analysis
•Engaging the Public
. No Body Homicide/Missing Person Investigations
Special Search Considerations
•Search Plan Development
Victim Issues
•The Role of the Family Liaison
•Victim Family Members as Suspects
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
Michael Murphy
• Role of Coroner in Death Investigation
• Cause and Manner of Death
•Case Review of All Manners of Death
• Homicide - Suicide - Natural - Accident - Undetermined
 Thursday, April 18, 2024
8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.—Dr. Sophia Mavroudas TX State University
The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) our center, research, and Texas State Donated Skeletal Collection
The outdoor decomposition facility
The investigation of the Post Mortem Interval
Clandestine Burial location with traditional and advanced technologies
Case examples
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
Dr. Timothy Gocha TX State University
• Forensic Anthropology Bioprofile Methods
• Mass Disaster Response and Victim Identification
• Case Examples from across the US including Las Vegas and Texas
Friday, April 19, 2024
8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Mike Murphy
•Courtroom Testimony
•Death Notification

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