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Forensics in the cemetery subject of WHA meeting

Contributed To The Press • Mar 26, 2017 at 6:44 PM

“Modern Forensic Methods in the Cemetery” will be the subject for Thursday’s meeting of the Watauga Historical Association.

Arthur M. Bohanan will lead a Power Point presentation that will take forensic science into both old and new cemeteries. He will demonstrate ways to locate and gender the long dead.

According to a release, Bohanon said his research data base covered 500 marked graves by blind testing, including buried cremains (human ashes) and graves dating back 2,000 years with 99 percent accuracy.

Bohanan is an award-winning patented inventor, researcher, lecturer and writer, one of 860 certified latent print examiners in the world, a certified FEMA Mass Fatality Course Instructor and a certified police instructor with 55 years in the study and practical application of forensics in thousands of violent crime scenes.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Tennessee State University with further studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Bohanan created the first ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) task force in Tennessee in 1998 and worked in an online undercover capacity until he retired in May 2001 from the Knoxville Police Department.

Bohanan was featured in Patricia Cornwell’s bestseller, “The Body Farm” as Dr. Thomas Katz and featured as Art Bohanan in eight of the novels by written by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson.

The association’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Tipton Haynes State Historical Site, 2620 S. Roan St.

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