Through funding provided by the National Institute of Justice and the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Center provides services to law enforcement, medicolegal agencies, and other publicly funded entities at no cost to the agency.

Services Offered

  • Location and recovery assistance. Please note that geographic considerations may limit this to advice or referrals to colleagues in your area.

  • Determination of forensic significance. Elimination of cases involving animal remains or human remains that are historical, archaeological, or otherwise not forensically significant.

  • Basic skeletal examinations. Examinations may include: Postmortem interval estimations, reconstruction of fragmentary remains, development of biological profiles, identification of pathologies or unique features which may aid in the identification of the decedent.

  • Skeletal trauma examinations. Identification, analysis, and documentation of traumatic injuries.

  • Positive identifications. Identifications based upon antemortem pathology, trauma, unique morphology, or medical intervention (supplemented when needed by DNA analyses provided by the Laboratory for Molecular Identification).

  • Expert testimony. Reports, depositions, and expert testimony supporting case analyses.

  • Training for medicolegal and law enforcement personnel. Workshops, lectures, and field schools designed for those investigating or recovering unidentified remains cases.

  • Dental identifications. Identifications by affiliated board certified forensic odontologists.

  • DNA sample submission. Selection and submission of appropriate samples to the Laboratory for Molecular Identification for analysis and inclusion in the CODIS National Missing Persons DNA Database.