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Cold Case Investigations   

This two-day course will further enhance the skills you acquired in IPTM’s Homicide Investigation Course and the Advanced Homicide Investigation Course. You will learn how to bring life back into your agency cold cases, not only by using modern technology that wasn't available to previous investigators but also going back to the basics. This course will also touch on the use of Forensic Genetic Genealogy (FGG) in cold cases.

You will learn about some of the fatal mistakes made in these investigations that have both contributed to the case going cold but also remaining cold. You will learn about some of the new techniques and technologies available to detectives today.

These types of cases are some of the most difficult to solve, but also the most rewarding when they are solved, and you can give the victim the justice they deserve and their families some peace.

Topics Include

  • Reasons for family denial of suicide
  • How to identify a viable cold case
  • How to prioritize and organize cold cases
  • Systematic review of your cold case
  • Forensic advancements & investigative tools for cold cases
  • Suspect identification and analytical workup
  • The witness/suspect interview process years after the crime
  • Family notification
  • Unidentified remains and the use of NAMUS
  • Examining mistakes that may have been made
  • Cold case reviews


Newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, crime scene technicians, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel

The course is restricted to active sworn and non-sworn law enforcement and medical examiner personnel.

Course Length

16 hours


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