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TEEX Skeletal Death Investigation Course

Dates: April 22-26, 2024; Location: Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

This 40-hour course, offered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, is designed for Texas law enforcement agents responsible for death investigations (including cold cases dealing with buried human remains). Participants gain hands-on training in locating, mapping, and excavating human remains, as well as information about the role of the forensic anthropologist in medicolegal death investigations, basic human osteology, developing a biological profile, and forensic taphonomy.

Participants must be licensed or certified peace officers with a current commission or non-commissioned personnel assigned to investigate/process crime scenes.


measuring skeletal depth
measuring excavated skeleton
  • Basics of forensic anthropology
  • Human osteology
  • Biological profile
  • Site identification
  • Recovery of scattered surface and buried remains
  • Decomposition and Taphonomy
  • Photography and Mapping


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Registration for this course is through the Texas Engineering and Extension Services.

Course: FSA109 Skeletal Death Investigation

Contact information: 800-423-8433 or

TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education) credit available for Texas participants