Assisting Law Enforcement Locate Clandestine Graves Since 1988
NecroSearch International

Assistance

NecroSearch International, Inc. provides assistance to law enforcement agencies in the search for and recovery of human remains and associated evidence.

Assessment

The completed questionnaire is reviewed by NecroSearch members to determine the optimum methodology to assist in the investigation.

Planning

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.

Field Assistance

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.

Testimony

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.

Methods

Some of the methods used by NecroSearch are listed below.NecroSearch uses scientific methods to locate clandestine graves. We use scientific and law enforcement methods for the excavation of clandestine graves and the recovery of human remains and associated evidence.

Animal Signs and Scavenging

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Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification

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Botany

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Hydrology

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Meteorology

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Geology

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Geophysics

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Computer Analysis of Search Area Data

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Excavation Methods

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Entomology

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Search Methods

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Decomp Dogs

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Forensic Art

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Man Tracking

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Training

Periodically, NecroSearch International, Inc. offers training sessions for law enforcement and others who assist in the location of clandestine graves and the recovery of remains and related evidence. The primary focus is to assist law enforcement, but other professionals may apply, as well.

  • 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.

  • Volunteer

    NecroSearch is always looking for new volunteers. Suitable volunteers are those that have previous experience in law enforcement, scientific experience relavant to locating graves, and special technical skills that help complete the effectiveness of the organization. If you believe that you have skill and expertise thar can help NecroSearch, please contact us to find out about membership.

Research

NecroSearch is constantly learning and adapting methodologies to help further the science of forensic methods

Decomposition Studies

At our 'pig farm', we make observations on how real burial situations progress through time.

Non-invasive observation techniques

We are continuing to improve our methodologies and equipment techniques to do non-invasive observations of the subsurface.

In Memoriam

Remembering past NecroSearch Members

Remembering our K-9 Partners

Contact Us

If you would like to have NecroSearch review your case, please fill out a questionaire and we will get back to you. Any other questions, please complete the form below.