Advanced Topics in Homicide

December 1-3, 2014
Location: HCSO Training Facility
Time: 9:00am-5:30pm

USF-HCSO is co-hosting a 3-day workshop (24 hour training) for detectives, crime scene personnel, death investigators, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as other forensic specialists who work in the area of violent crime investigations.

This course will focus on the following themes: long-term unsolved cold cases; clandestine grave search and recovery; child victims from abduction to homicide; and sexual homicide. The Dozier Reform School investigation will be discussed in-depth, as a case study for field methods used for grave search and recovery.

“Investigation of the BTK Serial Killer”

Keynote Speaker: Det. Kelli Otis
Chief Investigator/Office of the District Attorney, Wichita Kansas
In this course, we will explore the following:
 How to re-investigate and manage the process in long-term cases?
 Discuss examples of success cases. What worked?
 How do you re-energize a cold case?
 How can field methods such as ground penetrating radar be used to locate clandestine graves?
 Skeletal analysis and 3D modeling for trauma and cause of death
 How do you manage multiple investigations together from a missing person to homicide case? There will be a special focus on child
abduction cases that turn out to be homicides, discussing a range of methods from interview strategies to crime scene processing.
 How to effectively use the media?
Bring Your Own Slides Session
On Wednesday we will have a “bring your own slides” session. This is an opportunity for investigators to ask questions of each other by
sharing an interesting case or perplexing problem. This session is meant to give feedback from the group about a particular problem. It is to
brainstorm ideas and discuss the challenges to a particular case. Presentations should be 10 minutes to allow for discussion. Participants
must indicate on the registration form if they intend to bring slides to share, so we can manage the time effectively.


9:00-9:20 Welcome and Introductions, Dr. Erin Kimmerle, Maj. Robert Ura, & Jason Brando
9:20-10:30 Advanced Topics in Homicide Investigations: Overview,  Jim Holmes, Special Agent, Wisconsin Dept. of Justice
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Homicide Patterns,  Teri Dewitt, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
11:15-12:00 Integrated Approaches to Long-Term Cold Cases, Lou Tosti
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-5:30 Keynote Speaker: “Investigation of the BTK Serial Killer”,  Det. Kelli Otis, Chief Investigator/Office of the District Attorney, Wichita Kansas

9:00-9:45 NamUs: Issues in Identification, Todd Mathews,
9:45-10:30 Homicide Cases: Buried Bodies, Master Det. Greg Thomas, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Cold Cases: Innovative Solutions, Det. Darren Norris, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-4:00 The Dozier Reform School: Field Method Tools & Strategies, Dr. Erin Kimmerle, USF

 Methods covered include: ground penetrating radar, GIS, mapping, Google Earth for Case Management, Buried Body Excavation Methods, and Crime Scene Reconstruction
4:00-5:30 Advances in Skeletal Trauma Analysis & 3D Visualization of Injuries, Jose Pablo Baraybar, USF

9:00-9:45 Investigating Juvenile Cases: Overview, Sharon Foshey, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
9:45-10:30 Strategies for the Long-Term Missing, Robert Lowery, Jr., Vice President, Missing Children Division, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Child Abduction & Homicide: Sarah Lunde Case, Sgt. Steve Lewis, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:15 Child Abduction & Homicide: Jessica Lunsford Case,  Dave Cannaday, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 Bring Your Own Slides, Charlotte Braziel. Ret. FBI, USF
5:00-5:30 Wrap-up and issue certificates of attendance

December 1-3, 2014
Location: HCSO Training Facility
Time: 9:00am-5:30pm
Registration Form
___ Payment is enclosed ($295)
___ Yes, I want to bring a case to present at the “Bring your own slides” event.
Make checks payable to: University of South Florida
Mail registration and payment to:
Debbie Roberson
CAS Business Support Services
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave, CPR 107
Tampa, FL 33620
Contact info:
Debbie Roberson
Class size is limited, register early!
Course Requirements: This course is open to professionals working in law enforcement, medico-legal medicine, death scene investigation, and the
forensic sciences. The cost of the course is $295. Please make checks payable to the University of South Florida.
December 1-3, 2014
Location: HCSO Training Facility
Time: 9:00am-5:30pm
Training will be held at the following address:
HCSO Training Division
1409 N. Falkenburg Rd. (Classroom #4)
Tampa, Fl. 33619
Driving Directions to Training Facility:
From the North, going South on Interstate 75:
1. Exit 260 to merge onto FL-574 W (0.8 mi)
2. Turn left onto N. Falkenburg Rd. (1.4 mi)
3. HCSO Training Division will be on your left
From the South (St. Petersburg or South Tampa), going Northeast on Interstate 275:
1. Head east on I-275 toward Exit 44 (1.4 mi)
2. Take exit 45B to merge onto I-4 E toward Orlando (4.4 mi)
3. Take exit 5 to merge onto FL-574 E/E Dr martin Luther King Jr Blvd/E M.L.K. Jr Blvd (3.3mi)
4. Turn right onto N. Falkenburg Rd (1.4mi)
5. HCSO Training Division will be on your left.
Hotel Information:
Homestead Suites
330 Grand Regency Blvd., Brandon, FL.
(813) 643-5900
A few other suggestions that are also in close proximity to the HCSO Training Division:
Comfort Suites Tampa-Brandon
9932 Adamo Dr. Tampa, FL. 33619
Staybridge Suites Tampa East-Brandon
3624 N. Falkenburg Rd. Tampa, FL. 33619
Hampton Inn Tampa/Brandon
10110 Horace Ave, Tampa, FL. 33619