Body Search and Recovery
Dr. Snow's credentials in body search and recovery speak for themselves. In his six years as the Forensic Anthropologist for the State of Georgia at Large he conducted more than 60 human remains recoveries. These recoveries included surface scatters, clandestine graves, and the excavation of eight wells, which produce unique challenges for the forensic anthropologist. He spent eight months in Bosnia recovering human remains from mass graves for the International Commission on Missing Persons and in Kosovo as an agent of the United Nations.
Dr. Snow served as a forensic anthropologist for the National Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) for ten years and served as a forensic anthropologist in Biloxi, Mississippi following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He also served as a DMORT forensic anthropologist excavating mass graves during the Tri-State Crematory incident in which a crematory operator disposed of 339 bodies by burying them in mass graves, placing them in vaults, or leaving them in the woods rather than cremating them.
Although it is often believed that the work of the forensic anthropologist begins only after the remains are located, recovered, and brought to the lab for analysis, the work of the forensic anthropologist should actually begin at the scene. Dr. Snow is an expert in body search and recovery and is trained to observe the minute details during recovery that are often missed by crime scene investigators. His expertise while on the scene can often determine whether the victim died at the location or elsewhere, what form of injury was inflicted, and where to look for evidence that is not easily observable.
"Dr. Snow's expertise in forensic anthropology resulted in positive identifications in all of our recovered remains cases." Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr., Chief of Police, Athens-Clarke County (GA) Police Department
Recovering human remains is something that few crime scene investigators do with regularity, and mistakes made during recovery can compromise an investigation before the remains ever leave the scene. Consequently, recovery is better left to the trained forensic anthropologist.