Cutoff Deadline Date: 12 Midnight on 04/22/2019
Group Name = NCIAI Intl Assoc of ID
Group Code = NAI
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Room Rates:
Two Queens: $118.00
King: $133.00
Loft Suite: $118.00
Villa- 1 bedroom: $133.00
Villa- 2 bedrooms: $164.00

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Villa- 1 bedroom: $133.00
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Registration Cost Options:
[Full Registration includes all daily lectures, workshops, one evening social event & banquet]

- Full Registration NCIAI Member - $ 140.00
- Full Registration Non-Member - $175.00
- Guest cost per social evening event - $25.00
- Guest cost for banquet $50.00
- Daily Attendance incl. social event $50.0
Joe Kenda, Homicide Hunter
Joe Kenda With the Colorado Springs Police Department where he eventually became a detective. He worked in the C.S.P.D. homicide unit for over 19 years and eventually led the homicide department. "I loved the work," he said. "My wife – not so much." Detective Kenda investigated 387 homicide cases, solving 356, a closure rate of 92%. He credited his ability to close cases to being a student of human nature, and being good at telling when people were lying. In 1990, he investigated the case of a woman named Dianne Hood who was murdered at a lupus support group meeting by an attacker who took her purse. According to Kenda, the case "met the standard for a Hollywood plot" and received a great deal of media attention, including a People magazine story and several books.

Near the end of his career, Kenda's wife became convinced that he would be murdered on the job. She confronted him about it one night after he came home late from work. His family moved to Falcon, Colorado in 1993 and he retired three years later. For the next several years, Kenda was unhappy with retirement and went through a withdrawal stage. Kenda then worked as a special needs school bus operator for a decade starting in 1998.

In 2008, Denver television series editor Patrick Bryant had worked as a free-lancer for several production companies for over ten years, having edited over two hundred episodes of various series on networks including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Channel and TLC. Years prior Bryant had lived in Colorado Springs and worked at a local TV station when Lt. Joe Kenda was in charge of the Major Crimes Unit. Bryant had interviewed Kenda as part of a TV special about the local drug trade tied to a rising homicide rate. Kenda left a lasting impression on Bryant as a great interview subject. In 2009 Bryant contacted Kenda to discuss the possibility of developing a TV series built around his career as a homicide detective. Kenda was slow to respond, but eventually struck an agreement to pursue the development of the series with Bryant. A 5-minute sizzle reel created by Bryant and Kenda was shown to FOX21 Studios in Los Angeles, who shopped the series to multiple TV networks. It was acquired by Investigation Discovery in 2010, and went into production in February 2011.

Kenda surprised television producers when they asked him to read a script. He refused, stating, "I'm not an actor. I'm a policeman. If you want me to tell you about this case, I will. If you want me to read that, get somebody else." He spoke off the cuff for 15 minutes without a script, and the producers were enthralled. Since then he has been working without a script. The series was titled Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda, becoming a top viewer ratings performer.

Kenda gave producers 30 of his past cases to read, and they picked the ten they believed were most suited for television audiences. The first season was shot in Hollywood, but all re-enactments since have been filmed in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area. Kenda admits he looks over the case files before shooting, but said his memory is "absolutely perfect". Each episode takes four hours to shoot. He has been humbled by the success of the show, which has been renewed for an eighth season and has aired throughout the world.

Jodi Barth - CSI Old School
ABOUT JODI: Jodi Barth has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and investigations throughout the United States and Canada. After her start as the first female crime scene investigator for the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement, she rose through the ranks of law enforcement to Detective Sergeant and ultimately Detective Division Commander. She eventually transitioned to the private sector as a licensed private investigator and an internal fraud investigator for a global commercial insurance company. Now retired, Jodi lives with her husband in North Carolina.

In a time before DNA analysis and advanced forensic sciences, crime scene investigators had to rely on their own cunning with minimum help from technology. In the late 1970s, one of the few who made the cut into the Illinois state police’s elite CSI team—and the first ever woman, to boot—was a relatively unknown deputy coroner named Jodi Orsini. When the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself, Jodi jumped at the chance to experience more than county death investigations—and once she accepted a job with the CSI, her life would never be the same. As Jodi’s career progresses, so too do her personal challenges in a quickly evolving professional landscape. She must contend daily with overcoming fears of self-doubt, as a woman encroaching on a traditionally male-dominated field, while facing the relentless tragedies of strangers and the harrowing reality of some cases that, if she failed, may never be solved. If she is to survive in the field, Jodi must steel her resolve and learn to separate herself and her technical skills from the living nightmares occurring around her.
Jodi will be our banquet speaker and guest speaker on Thursday for students.
Dan Willis - BULLETPROOF SPIRIT -Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress, and the Process of Healing
Bulletproof Spirit: Trauma, PTSD, and the Process of Healing. The many daily traumas of any first responder profession can not only injure your brain (PTSD), they can kill you (suicide). First responders suffering from PTSD, low resiliency, lack of motivation, depression, addictions, or burnout are unable to provide the most professional and compassionate service and find it difficult to maintain close meaningful relationships at home. Bulletproof Spirit provides a deeper understanding of trauma and how our beloved professions can turn us into someone our loved ones no longer recognize. It offers several effective strategies to protect yourself, build resiliency, heal, and to serve in peace.
Captain Dan Willis (ret) served for nearly 30 years at the La Mesa Police Department near San Diego as a crimes of violence-child molest-sexual assault-homicide detective, SWAT Commander, peer support leader and wellness unit coordinator. He's a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is an instructor at the International Academy of Public Safety and the National Command College. He is the author of the emotional survival and wellness guidebook, Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart. He has presented in 26 states and in Canada regarding trauma, PTSD, and the process of healing.
Mack Brazelle
Mack Brazelle is the Lead Fingerprint Specialist for the Forensic Science Laboratory of the United States Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Olive College and is recognized by the IAI as both a Certified Latent Print Examiner and Certified Crime Scene Investigator. He currently serves as the chair of the Latent Print Identification Science and Practice subcommittee. Along with teaching numerous classes across the country, Mack has instructed on the subject of fingerprint identification at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Latent Print Section and the FBI Latent Print.
Rule of Thumb
The difference between thumb friction skin and finger friction skin is dramatic. This lecture will review a practical application for distinguishing latent thumb prints from latent fingerprints. Understanding and applying these analysis techniques correctly can dramatically reduce the searchable area, increase efficiency and improve examiner confidence
All the Worlds a Stage: How to Over Come the Fear of Testifying
When you go to court are you nervous?  Are you afraid you are going to make a mistake?  More importantly can the jury sense that you are anxious?  This lecture will discuss some ways to overcome that natural anxiety that we all feel as we walk into the courtroom.  Learn how to become a better performer on the biggest stage of all…the witness stand.
John Black
Black, John – is the owner of Black & White Forensics, LLC in South Carolina.  He holds a B.S. degree in Forensic Chemistry from Ohio University.  John has worked for Ron Smith and Associates, Inc., the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. His research interests include simultaneous impressions, verification and exclusions. John has conducted over 200 training classes throughout the United States, as well as Africa, Asia, Canada, Central America, and Europe.  He was awarded Distinguished Member status with the IAI in 2007.  In 2014, John was selected to the Friction Ridge Subcommittee under the Organization of Scientific Area Committees.
  • Exclusion Decisions
  • Defense Case Work Consideration
  • Courtroom Testimony
Heidi Eldridge
Heidi Eldridge has been a latent print examiner for over 12 years. Heidi is a CLPE and Board of Directors member with the IAI, sits on the JFI Editorial Board, and was a member of SWGFAST until its dissolution. She is now a member of the Friction Ridge Subcommittee of the OSAC and Vice-Chair of the Academy Standards Board friction ridge consensus body. Heidi has been teaching latent print testimony for more than 8 years and is a PhD candidate in Forensic Science at the University of Lausanne. After 11 years as a practitioner, she is now a Research Forensic Scientist with RTI International.
  • How do you solve a problem like variability? Development of an analysis tool for latent prints
    Variability within and between examiners on value decisions has been well-documented, but what is the best way to reduce variability? A white box study to understand the variables that most influence examiner decision-making has shown shocking levels of disagreement. An automated process could be developed that uses only objective information, but this would lose the nuance a human examiner brings to the process and also likely result in the loss of many potentially suitable marks. This lecture describes ongoing research to develop a software tool for assigning value to finger-marks that incorporates both human and automated input.
  • Understanding and Calculating Error Rates in Pattern Evidence
  • Many “error rate studies” now exist in the literature, but what is an error rate? This lecture will explore different types of error rates, what they mean, how to calculate them, and how to appropriately use them in the courtroom.
  • Twice Bitten – The Lecture! Latent print perspectives on the PCAST Report
  • The recent PCAST report reflected somewhat harshly on many forensic disciplines, but were their arguments entirely without merit? In this lecture, we will describe the main findings of the report, including how latent prints got a “pass”, why many other disciplines did not, and whether it is safe to be resting on our laurels. We will also clarify the report’s usage of the terms “foundational validity” and “validity as applied” and what they mean for your laboratory.
  • What were you thinking? Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Conclusions
  • The OSAC Friction Ridge Subcommittee recently posted their draft Standard for Friction Ridge Examination Conclusions, a document that is currently under review at the Academy Standards Board, a Standards Development Organization (SDO). This talk describes the reasoning behind this document, how it is intended to be used, and the SDO process, including how practitioners can get involved or have their opinions heard.
Dr. Michael Knox
Dr. Michael A. Knox is a forensic science and criminology consultant based in Jacksonville, Florida, who specializes in firearms, ballistics, and shooting incident reconstruction. Dr. Knox was a police office and detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for over 15 years, having served much of that time as a crime scene investigator. Along the way, Dr. Knox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Florida, a Master of Science degree in forensic science from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Knox holds board certification as a crime scene re-constructionist from the International Association for Identification. Dr. Knox has testified as an expert in crime scene reconstruction and related topics in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has taught courses focused on shooting incident reconstruction to law enforcement personnel from around the world.
Firearms, Ballistics & Shooting Incident Reconstruction
  • Accidental & Unintended Firearms Discharge
  • Three-dimensional reconstruction- An Overview
  • Fired Cartridge Case Patterns:  What do they tell us?
Lynn and Rin - Volunteer Therapy Dog Team
Lynn and Rin are a volunteer Therapy Dog team, licensed with Canines for Therapy and licensed privately at Wake Med Health & Hospitals.  Rin is a 6-year-old, rescued full German Shepherd Dog, who loves to be loved, and loves to be touched and have everyone's full attention.  Rin is Lynn's second Therapy Dog partner, and she's been licensed and volunteering as a handler since 2005.

He also loves to ride on the Jet Ski, he loves an Almond Butter filled Kong, and he adores ice.... just plain ice - if you've got a white Styrofoam cup, he's gonna make sure you don't have ice in there to share with him! He only barks at Ravens and large birds of prey; otherwise, he's a silent partner.

Lynn also volunteers with the area German Shepherd Rescue group, and participates in pageants, with her platform always to educate youth about the importance and bout the healing and self-esteem building effects of service and volunteering.

Lynn is a full time, working wife, mother and grandmother; who is committed to serving and volunteering for her community, no matter the place, time or group.  Lynn and Rin have volunteered to serve to calm athletes in competition, worked with youth and adults in emotional crisis, and worked to cheer patients, staff and family in our local trauma center, Wake Med.
Patsy Lightle
Patsy Lightle received her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in Biology, Medical Technology certification from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Class 1 Police Officer Certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and post graduate hours in Forensic Science from the University of Virginia while attending the FBI in Quantico, Virginia.   She has served over 35 years in law enforcement and forensic science to include crime scene, forensic serology and DNA analysis and the investigation of child physical and sexual abuse, child homicide, elder abuse, and vulnerable adult abuse.  She researched and developed the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED’s) Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit used for collecting adult and child physical and sexual abuse evidence which the FBI adopted as their training kit.  She designed and implemented the Forensic DNA laboratory, SLED’s Department of Child Fatalities and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Investigations Units.  She retired in 2013 as the Captain of the SLED’s Special Victims Unit which investigates suspicious child deaths and vulnerable adult abuse, neglect and exploitation.  She joined the USC School of Law, Children’s Law Center in 2014 where she lectures on investigating child abuse and neglect and child death investigations to various law enforcement agencies, medical personnel, social workers, prosecutors, coroners, victim advocates and academic institutions.  She has testified in over 300 homicide and sexual assault cases.
  • Child Death Investigation: The Importance of Documentation
  • Recognizing and Documenting Child Physical Abuse
  • Crime Scene Investigation of Suicide
  • CSI Challenges in Child Sexual Assault Cases
Dan Lucero - Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to the Charlotte Division
Dan Lucero is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to the Charlotte Division.  He has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Forensics and Critical Incident Management.  He is currently assigned as the Senior Team Leader of the Evidence Resonse Team with overall responsibility for FBI crime scene operations in North Carolina.  He participated in the FBI response to the Boston Marathon Bombing investigation and the Officer Shooting Incident in Florence, SC.  He has taught crime scene investigation to local, state and tribal police departments, at the college level, at the FBI Academy and internationally.
FBI- ERT Response & Communication to a Mass Disaster Incident   Monday 1:45-2:45
Casey Oleksa, Federal Bureau of Investigation - Management and Program Analyst/Latent Investigative Support Team
NGI System Latent Investigative Services: Producing New Leads In Unsolved Investigations
This overview will provide an understanding of the new and enhanced latent capabilities within the NGI System including: greater search accuracy, ability to search latent palm prints against the National Palm Print System, access to search against both civil and criminal identities, the ability to search all biometric events, and expanded searches of the Unsolved Latent File.  The presentation will aim to educate users on how to better take advantage of these new investigative tools to identify suspects and solve more cases. 
Jeffrey Collins, Speaker - North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation - Fingerprint Search supervisor - CIIS

North Carolina Users- SAFIS Updates
Casson Reynolds
Casson was in law enforcement for over 14 years with the majority of his time spent in crime scene investigations or forensics.  He began his career with the Charlottesville Police Department where he was a patrol officer, a gang officer, and a senior evidence technician.  He quickly rose to become the on-duty supervisor for crime scene investigations and forensics.  He then joined the Gastonia Police Department where he was a patrol officer, a gang officer, and a forensic detective.  While he was with the Gastonia Police Department, he was sworn under the Federal Bureau of Investigations for gang investigations.  He also began instructing in forensics and crime scene investigations at the American Academy of Applied Forensics and the American Intercontinental University.  He then went onto the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for a short time before returning to North Carolina to join the North Carolina Justice Academy.  He has assisted dozens of local, state, and federal agencies with crime scene investigations and forensic analysis.

Casson obtained his Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Boston University and his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Radford University.  He is a Certified Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association of Identification and has his North Carolina Death Investigator Certificate.  He has been recognized in court as an expert in crime scene investigations, shooting reconstruction, bloodstain pattern analysis, and latent print development.  He also has his North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and his North Carolina Advanced Gang Specialist Certificate.

Casson is the Co-Chair of the training committee of the North Carolina International Association for Identification.  Casson implemented and has hosted the NCIAI CSI Training Seminar at the NCJA West since 2017.  He is on the Academy Consensus Board for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis through the American Academy of Forensic Science and a member of the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction.
An Advanced Look at Documenting Difficult Scenes:
The presentation will examine several aspects of crime scene investigations that are difficult to document and a challenge to process. (Students- option for Thursday)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of being a CSI:
This will be a presentation and discussion on some of the tough challenges and amazing rewards of being a crime scene investigator.
Alexis Solheim - Special Assistant US Attorney
Alex is a dual Federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office, and State prosecutor for the western most counties of North Carolina. Prior to her current positions, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office serving primarily in the Civil Division, and was most recently an Assistant District Attorney in Buncombe County, North Carolina for three years. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina in 2010, and her J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in 2013.
"You're an Expert. Let's Prove It." This presentation will cover what it entails to take the stand and testify as an expert witness in your field. It will cover the qualifications set forth by the “Daubert Standard” and how to practically apply those requirements in your case preparation and testimony. Also covered will be the recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision in North Carolina v. McPhaul regarding reliability of latent fingerprinting and how this decision impacts your forensic practices.
Melissa Southern
Melissa Southern has been the Forensic Photographer/ Digital Images/Graphics Specialist at Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification since June 2004. She has been an IAI Certified Forensic Photographer since September 2011. Melissa has experience in commercial and museum photography as well. She has had photographs published in the Guide to the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Nature Photographer magazine, various product magazines, and several other publications. Melissa has been teaching photography classes in a variety of photography topics since 2004. She has presented at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend, Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, Recreational Equipment Inc (REI), the City of Orlando, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Melissa has judged numerous photography and art competitions over the years for a variety of groups. Melissa has a BA in Anthropology from UNC Wilmington and an Associate Degree in Photography with a concentration in Biomedical Photography from Randolph Community College.
Photography for Latent Prints (Beginner/ intermediate)
This course will be a coverage of photography of latent prints. It will include a brief overview of digital photography with information about aperture, depth of field, and histograms. We talk about different lighting types and angles and when and how to use them. We will talk about oblique lighting, direct lighting, soft lighting, axial lighting, etc. We will also talk about challenges with lighting and how to work through those challenges. As these photographs can often be enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, we will have a brief talk and demonstration of that type of enhancement latent enhancement.

Night Photography
We will take a practical approach to night photography with hands-on instruction in differing lighting conditions.
Bring your camera gear and tripod. (Space is limited to 20 participants.)

WORKSHOP 1 - Dyer Bennet - Footprints: Making an Impression on Your Case
Dyer Bennett is responsible for Product Development at SIRCHIE. Through development of forensic products with industry experts, he has gained a broad technical knowledge of many forensic disciplines, including latent print development, digital forensics, shooting reconstruction, and alternate light sources.  He brings a unique perspective to training with intimate knowledge of how the forensic tools are made and conveying how they work.  Mr. Bennett is a member of the International Association of Identification (IAI) and NC Chapter of the IAI.

Footprints: Making an Impression on Your Case: Footwear impression evidence is often overlooked or even destroyed prior to the investigator's arrival, but when foot impression evidence is discovered, what is the best method to document and preserve it for the case? In this workshop, various methods for the recovery of footprint evidence will be demonstrated and taught through hands-on activities. These methods include casting, development using magnetic fingerprint powder, electrostatic dust lifting, photography using oblique lighting, and the use of RUVIS. Class Limit: 30 Students.
WORKSHOP 2 - Dave Pauly - UVIR Workshop
Professor Dave Pauly, MFS, Director, Applied Forensic Science Program, Methodist University, and adjunct instructor Ð Sirchie, retired from The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command as a Special Agent-in-Charge/Commander and Forensic Science Officer. He performed duties in over a dozen states, and frequently worked with local, state, and federal agencies. He also performed duties in Panama, South Korea, Afghanistan, Haiti, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Sinai, Egypt, Canada, Guam, and Nigeria. He holds a MFS from The George Washington University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Canadian Police College - Major Crimes Course, Miami-Dade Police Department - Bloodstain Interpretation Course, and National Fire Academy - Arson Investigation Course. He is a Fellow of AAFS, and is a current, or past member of the International Association of Identification, NC Chapters of the IAI and FBINAA, NC Homicide Investigator's Association, The Vidocq Society, and other professional LE and/or forensic associations.

UVIR WORKSHOP: While most crime scene photography is taken in the visible spectrum, there are items of forensic interest that must be visualized outside of the visible spectrum, specifically in the IR regions. While most crime scene and forensic personnel have read or heard of IR imaging, few have ever learned how to search for forensic evidence in the IR region, or the utility of using an IR camera to document such items as GSR, Inks, and blood. This workshop will couple theory with practical exercises with instruction on the theory of UV, visible, and IR spectrum energy, followed by participants visualizing and capturing prepared blood, GSR, and ink exemplars with IR cameras.
Detective Kevin Taylor is employed as a sworn, part-time investigator with the Asheville Police Department (APD), focusing on cold case investigations. Detective Taylor retired from the APD in 2015 after 28 1/2 years of service. He first served as a patrol officer from 1987-2004, and then transferred to criminal investigations where he worked as a detective in property crimes, auto theft, white collar, violent crimes, and homicide.

Detective Taylor began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Pella, Iowa Police Department, serving from 1984-1987

Detective Taylor has an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement from Kirkwood Community College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
Virginia Olson Case Summary
On April 15, 1973 the body of 19 year-old Virginia Olson was discovered in a wooded area across from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Olson was a student at the university and had reportedly gone into the woods to study. When found Olsen's hands and feet were bound, and her mouth gagged, all with remnants of her shirt that had been cut up. Autopsy results showed that Olson died as a result of a stab wound to the chest that penetrated the heart. Her throat had also been slashed, and she was sexually assaulted.

To this day the case remains unsolved.
Joe D. Kennedy - from Carolinas Cold Case Coalition will be facilitator.
Joey (Joe) D. Kennedy is the Executive Vice President for the BlueLine Training Group LLC.  Joe retired as the Special Agent-in-Charge for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Carolinas Field Office in 2014 after 28+ years of service.  He attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA and subsequently served in various offices around the world including, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, Japan, Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Washington, DC.  Joe is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, NC where he played baseball for legendary coach Joseph Ferebee.  He received a Master of Policy Management degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  Joe participated in Executive Education at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

While with NCIS, Joe served in a variety of positions focusing on violent crimes and undercover operations.  He was the Team Leader for the Virgin Islands Homicide Task Force.  He participated as a member and supervisor in several homicide task forces and serial rape investigations.  He served as a board member for the Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” Task Force in Charleston, SC and the North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association.  Joe served as an Executive Board Member for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in the Caribbean and Territorial Crime Commission for the Governor of Puerto Rico.  He was co-chair for the North Carolina Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) LiNX program and has served on several law enforcement advisory boards.

Joe was the Primary Architect and First Program Manager for the internationally acclaimed NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit.  He wrote the methodology and protocol for NCIS Cold Case investigations, which has been adopted by numerous police agencies around the globe.  Joe has provided cold case homicide consultation and training to various law enforcement agencies throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and the Caribbean.  He is a Consulting Committee Member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC) and Founder of the Carolinas Cold Case Coalition.  He is recognized as an International Cold Case Expert.

Joe completed multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines.  He twice served as the Resident Agent-In-Charge for NCIS Resident Agency Fallujah, Iraq.  Joe was the Director for the Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Counterintelligence Unit (JCIU), International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Kabul, Afghanistan. He was the Chief of the Transnational Crimes Unit at the Middle East Field Office, Manama, Bahrain, where he collaborated with the International Police (INTERPOL) and NATO to develop proactive law enforcement strategies designed to combat Somali Piracy and narcotics smuggling in the Indian Ocean and Gulf Region.

Joe is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association, North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, and Eastern Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Executives.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations.  Joe received the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in 2014 and he was recently profiled in the book “Delayed Justice: Inside Stories from America’s Best Cold Case Investigators” by Mary Bransom (2011).  He was featured in the “Real NCIS” by Storyhouse Productions, Washington, DC.  He has appeared on CNN and was a Core Team Expert for the Starz TV “Wrong Man” Series.  Joe has served as an expert witness for police investigative procedures and homicide investigations.

Craig Nelson, M.D.
Dr. Craig Nelson is an Associate Chief Medical Examiner at the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A native of Winston-Salem, he completed his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University and medical degree at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and his forensic pathology fellowship at the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. He worked there as a Deputy Medical Examiner until 2014, when he returned to NC to take his current position.
  • Gun Shot Wounds - Interpretation of Gun Shot Wounds & Analysis
  • Post Mortem Changes and Decomposition
Rebecca Walls - Sales Support Specialist - Foster + Freeman USA
Rebecca Walls is a Sales Support Specialist at Foster + Freeman USA.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic and Investigative Science and a Bachelor of Art degree in Criminology from West Virginia University.  She also received a Master of Science degree in Forensic and Fraud Investigations from West Virginia University as well.  She completed a comprehensive internship with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Her roles at Foster + Freeman include sales, installation, and training for various company products. She specializes in crime scene investigation, laboratory analysis and processing of evidence, and latent impression development and capture. She has presented at multiple divisional International Association for Identification educational meetings on the topic of crime scene investigation and latent fingerprint imaging.
RECOVERing Latent Fingerprints from Fired Cartridge Casings and other Difficult Surfaces: Exploring a Revolutionary New Technique

This workshop will begin by providing attendees with a background to a new novel chemical fuming process that has been shown to offer significant advantages over traditional latent fingermark enhancement processes across a range of metallic substrates (copper, brass, stainless steel, etc).  Described by the UK Ministry of Defense as ‘revolutionary’ and ‘ground-breaking’, the unique ability of this process to recover fingerprint ridge patterns when none of the latent fingermark residue actually remains on the substrate (i.e. the surface has been wiped clean, washed, submerged in water, heated, or a combination of these) will be explored and practical examples illustrated and discussed.  The process will then be demonstrated, and attendees of the workshop will be able to process metallic items that have been washed and fired cartridge casings.  The ridge detail developed will then be imaged.
Katie Zejdlik, PhD - Western Carolina University, Forensic Anthropology Facilities Director
Katie Zejdlik is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Forensic Anthropology Facilities Director at Western Carolina University. She is also the Scientific Director of the Medieval Funerary Excavation, part of ArchaeoTek's Funerary Excavations - Lost Churches Project in Transylvania, Romania. Prior to arriving at WCU, Katie was part of the Chest Radiograph team at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency – Laboratory. Katie completed her Ph.D. in 2015 at Indiana University, under the direction of Dr. Della Cook. Katie has over 15 years of archaeological experience working on projects all over the United States including the American Plains, American Midwest, and Hawaii. She is a Wisconsin state Qualified Burial Excavator and Qualified Burial analyst. Her forensic anthropology research focuses on human decomposition and scavenging behaviors while her bioarchaeological interests are the migration and interaction of people through social and material contextual indicators. Katie has presented and published on a range of topics from remote sensing techniques to biological distance.
The Importance of Human Decomposition Facilities
This presentation will review the history of human identification facilities, “Body Farms,” in the United States with discussion regarding: what the facilities are, their purpose, research objectives, and general trends in the social perception of them. Next, the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST) and the Western Carolina Human Identification Lab (WCHIL) at Western Carolina University (WCU) will be highlighted by addressing the specific research and programs being conducted in those two facilities. Finally, a projection of the future role of human decomposition facilities will be offered.
Ann H. Ross, PhD, D-ABFA, C-FASE - Professor, Department of Biological Sciences - North Carolina State University
Dr. Ross is a Board Certified forensic anthropologist and professor of forensic anthropology and skeletal biology at NC State University. She is also internationally certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Ross has extensive case experience and court testimony and holds the contract for forensic case work for the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In addition to teaching and testifying, Dr. Ross has written many forensic journal articles and book chapters and published books, The Juvenile Skeleton in Forensic Abuse Investigations with Springer in 2011 and Dismemberments. Perspectives in Forensic Anthropology and Legal Medicine with Elsevier in 2018. 
Solving Cases: Innovative Techniques in Forensic Anthropology
Charleston Church Shooting - A Forensic Case Analysis, FBI Emergency Response Team and Case Agent
This specific presentation is limited to actively employed law enforcement (sworn/unsworn) personnel only.
Students, academic professors, and guests will not be permitted to attend due to the sensitive and confidential nature of the case details.
On the evening of June 17, 2015, nine African American parishioners were murdered while attending a bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The mass shooting was motivated by racial hatred and was deliberately planned and executed by Dylann Roof, a self-radicalized white nationalist. Following the shooting, Dylann Roof, fled the church leaving behind a horrific and grisly crime scene. A national manhunt pursued ending with Dylann Roof’s arrest in Shelby, North Carolina just 14 hours after the shooting took place. The crime left a nation, a city, and a church rocked to its core. The FBI led a seamless, joint and multi-faceted investigation into the shooting exhausting thousands of hours investigating and seeking justice for the victims. FBI Special Agents conducted approximately 200 interviews, served over 75 grand jury subpoenas, executed 9 search warrants, 4 consent searches and collected and examined over 1500 pieces of evidence. The coordination and effort put forth led to Dylann Roof being charged in a 33 count federal indictment that included numerous Hate Crime violations. In December 2016, Dylann Roof went to trial where a jury found him guilty of all 33 counts of federal violations. In January 2017, after a two week death penalty trial, a jury sentenced Dylann Roof to death. The shooting had a profound impact on the city and the nation. The FBI Case Agent will present the case to include details of the shooting incident, crisis response, crime scene, investigation and pertinent evidence.
9 Hole Golf Outing
Zip Lining & Treetops Adventure Park (Team Building Event)

The Adventure Center of Asheville would like to welcome the NCIAI!

During your stay in Asheville, please try out one of our adventures! 
Zipline, KidZip or play in the Treetops Adventure Park for 20% off.
To make your reservation, please call 877.247.5539 or online at www.adventureavl.com and use code “NCIAI.” 
Discount will be available from May 19-24, 2019.

You can  make reservations on your own for the three activities in attachment. 
There will not be any inventory held and we are closed on Monday and Tuesday of that week. 






New Belgium Brewing Company - Social & Networking Event
Social & Networking Event
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:30-9:30 pm
Cost included in registration
  • Food,  Fun, & beverages provided!
  • Buses will transport attendees from the Crowne Plaza hotel to New Belgium Brewing Company. (10 minute drive)
  • Live Music, & lots of fun to be enjoyed by all in this 5100 sq. ft.  space nestled along the French Broad river with amazing views!

Monday, May 20, 7:00-9:00
(You may bring your own beer & wine
& transportation is provided)
Bus Pick up 7:00 pm  Crowne Plaza Resort
Drop off at hotel  9:00 pm

  • During tour, the bus will make a stop at Greenman Brewery   
  • Price is $ 21.22 per person
  • Seating is limited, bus capacity is 41 seats (price increases if we don’t fill the bus)
  • E-mail Leigh Thomas, our host with  Asheville PD if you are interested in signing up- lthomas@ashevillenc.gov
  • Deadline to sign up is April 29, 2019

Everyone’s seen the big purple bus on the streets of Asheville and that crazy nun on the super-tall bike, but not everyone has experienced the zaniest set of bus tours in town. LaZoom Tours has four ways to get to know the best kept secret of the Southeast.

Asheville is widely known as a unique little city where the mountains mingle with the weird. There’s no place quite like it, and there’s never been anything like the award-winning LaZoom Comedy Tours! Explore the city with LaZoom’s wild guides to discover Asheville’s living, beating heart and quirky sense of humor! LaZoom is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Get on the bus for the ride of your life!



The NCIAI Awards and Goodwill Committee is looking for those talented NCIAI photographers out there. We want you to show us your best photos from the past year.

There are two categories for entry:

1. Forensics: forensics in the lab or field and police related activity.
Open: everything else (portraits, landscapes, sports, etc.)

Entries will be made digitally this year and can be B&W or color.
Each person can enter up to 2 photographs.


2019 NCIAI EXCELLENCE AWARD (AKA The Professional High 5 Award)

The NCIAI Awards and Goodwill Committee is looking for an NCIAI member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty on a case/event. The case/event can be any type: latent, footwear, forensic, or just a BIG or involved case/event.


The case/event would have to have occurred or been disposed of in court within the last 2 years, between April 14, 2017, and April 14, 2019.