The completed questionnaire is reviewed by NecroSearch members to determine the optimum methodology to assist in the investigation.
NecroSearch members confer with the investigator to establish an operational plan. At this stage, remote sensing specialists will also review available air photographs and satellite images. Members will also advise the investigator of resources in addition to those offered by NecroSearch.
If requested, a NecroSearch field team then conducts a site investigation under the direction of the requesting agency. Field investigations typically start with a sequence of non-invasive methods (such as botanical analysis and ground penetrating radar), and may progress to excavation.
NecroSearch members are able to provide expert testimony pertaining to the case. NecroSearch members assist in a case for expenses only up to the point of courtroom testimony. Expert witness fees may apply in court.
NecroSearch offers a training course exclusively for Law Enforcement Personnel once a year in Colorado. THis course describes in detail information on the methods used for successful grave location. The course is a mix of classroom and hands-on field work and is taught by active NecroSearch members.
At our 'pig farm', we make observations on how real burial situations progress through time.
We are continuing to improve our methodologies and equipment techniques to do non-invasive observations of the subsurface.