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Registration is now open for the 2023 FIRS Human Remains Recovery Course!

Where: Forensic Investigation Research Station, Whitewater, Colorado

When: July 10-14, 2023

How much: $795

Contact: Alex Smith at [email protected]

Continuing education credit for the IAI crime scene certification and recertification is available.

Continuing education for AMBDI was approved for 37.75 hours, Accreditation number 23-079


This course is primarily designed for law enforcement agents, death investigators, medical examiners, and others in the medico-legal community. Students must have consent from FIRS to enroll.

Outdoor body recovery, skeletal or fleshed, buried or surface, presents a challenge for the most experienced professionals. The course will include grave location techniques and hands-on body recovery of both skeletal and buried remains at the Forensic Investigation Research Station. Most days will start in the field, in the cooler portion of the day, and move to the indoor classroom for lecture. Participants of the course will gain practical knowledge and experience identifying and recovering surface and buried human remains. Lecture topics will include basic methods for locating buried remains, basic human osteology, and the impact of scavenging on search strategies.

The course runs from Monday to Friday. The workshop will be capped at 16 participants to limit the size of excavation groups.

Included in the cost are snacks, beverages, lunches, a copy of course materials, t-shirt, and FIRS patch.

Those interested may submit an application here: