Forensic scientist to address Watauga Historical Association

Contributed To The Press • Aug 29, 2018 at 6:15 PM

Forensic scientist Art Bohanan will present the program "Graveyard Forensics Update" during the meeting of the Watauga Historical Association on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Tipton Haynes State Historical Site 2620 S. Roan St.

Bohanan invented the method of vaporizing glue and spraying it on a crime victim. The first victim was a 4-year-old girl who had been raped and murdered. Bohanan’s invention was applied to the girl, evidence was found and the criminal captured. The invention is now known and used worldwide.

His presentation to the association will take forensic science into the cemeteries, old and new, with amazing forensic discoveries. He will show how to use simple methods to read the inscriptions on old grave stones. New forensics will demonstrate ways to locate and gender of the long dead.

Bohanan has located over 1,000 graves in six counties, these include those of Nancy Ward, Sarah Hawkins Sevier (John Sevier's first wife), victims of the Battle of Boyds Creek, Coco Bell, Wheatland Plantation slave graves and many others.

Bohanan also will be signing his new book at the meeting.

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