Introduction To Cases

Dr. Snow’s Forensic Anthropology Cases

Dr. Snow is frequently asked what his favorite case or most memorable case is. Trying to reduce the many cases to a single one is difficult. Some of the more interesting cases involve difficult recoveries of human remains, while others have certain aspects that were simply unusual.

Unquestionably, however, Dr. Snow’s most gratifying cases are those in which the unidentified dead are finally identified and returned to their families. Many families have gone decades wondering what happened to their loved ones. Some years ago, Dr. Snow discovered a mistake in an autopsy report that subsequently led to an identification of a young girl who had been buried as unidentified years before. Following the identification, he received a letter from the girl’s mother, the last line of which read, “The only thing worse than knowing my daughter is dead was not knowing what happened to her.”

The cases that follow run the gamut from the interesting to the unusual. From time to time additional cases will be added.

Services Offered by Dr. Rick Snow

With over 25 years of experience in forensic anthropology, Dr. Snow provides his expertise to attorneys, coroners, medical examiners, and law enforcement. As an expert witness, Dr. Snow presents complicated testimony in a way that can be easily understood by the jury.

Expert Witness

Expert Witness: Testifying for the Dead

Testifies in Federal and State court to explain anthropological findings and procedures.

Identifying human remains

Identifying the Unidentified Dead

Works with coroners and medical examiners to identify human remains as the first step in solving cold cases.

Identifying human remains

Human Remains Analysis

Assists attorneys and law enforcement in the determination of trauma, time since death, and biological profile. Examines autopsy reports for accuracy.

Body Search and Recovery

Body Search and Recovery: Assisting Law Enforcement

Assists law enforcement in the recovery of human remains from surface scatters, clandestine graves, and wells. Examines documentation for attorneys to ensure mistakes were not made during recovery that could jeopardize the case.