Unidentified Human Remains


Accurate forensic identification is a continuing problem confronting death investigators, medical examiners, coroners, victims’ families, and the law enforcement community. The growing problem of unidentified decedents in the United States and abroad is staggering.

Many forensic identification experts estimate the number of unidentified dead in the United States to be between 40,000 and 60,000. Some of these individuals have remained unidentified for decades. The most common manner of death in these cases is homicide.

Since 2011 Dr. Snow has been working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to identify missing children.  He has collected biometric data on over 100 individuals and conducted over 20 exhumations. Two of the exhumations resulted in the positive identification of two young females missing since 1968. 

Also, Dr. Snow served on the National Registry of Unidentified and Missing Persons Working Group. He has worked with many law enforcement agencies and medical examiners to provide identifications and help close cold cases that were unsolved for years.

Dr. Snow is passionate about identifying the dead and bringing closure to their families.

 

 

 

 
Without Dr. Snow’s expertise I feel we would have not been able to identify our victim.  His expertise speaks for itself but his devotion to identifying the victim is nothing short of amazing.
— Detective Rich Lewis, Albuquerque Police Department, Cold Case Unit
 

Expert Witness

Dr. Snow has testified as an expert witness in forensic anthropology in both Superior and Federal Court. His expert testimony has been critical to the outcome of several high profile criminal cases. He has testified in cases utilizing his expertise in search and recovery, biological profiles, trauma, time since death, manner of death, and identification.

Human Remains Analysis and Cremains

Dr. Snow is an expert in the analysis of the biological profile of decomposed, mummified, burned, skeletonized, incomplete, commingled, and fragmentary remains.  He can quickly determine whether bones are human and whether they are forensically significant, which can save law enforcement many hours at the scene.

Body Search and Recovery

Dr. Snow is an expert in body search and recovery.  In his six years as the Forensic Anthropologist for the State of Georgia at Large, he conducted more that 60 human remains recoveries.