FORMER TEXAS RANGER TO SPEAK AT MEDICOLEGAL DEATH INVESTIGATION: 12TH ANNUAL FORENSIC
October 5, 2005
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LUBBOCK – Former Texas Ranger and author of “One Ranger: A Memoir” Joaquin Jackson
will be the luncheon speaker for the Medicolegal Death Investigation: 12th Annual
Forensic Science Seminar. Jackson’s book focuses on his adventures as a Texas Ranger
along the Texas-Mexico border from 1966 to 1993.
This year’s seminar, Current Topics in Death Investigation and Forensic Science,
will take place Oct. 27 and 28 at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza, located at 3201 South
Loop 289. Jackson will speak at noon on Oct. 27.
Robert Byers, chief investigator for the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office and senior
administrator for the Division of Forensic Pathology at Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center, said this annual event will bring experts together to learn about
the advances in the field of forensic sciences.
“Advances in the field of forensic sciences have occurred in an extraordinary, rapid
fashion, and information related to crime scene investigation, sharp-force injuries,
blunt-force injuries, and forensic anthropology can be essential tools in the death
investigation process,” Byers said.
“The purpose of this conference is to provide physicians, nurses, law enforcement
personnel, justices of the peace, attorneys and other officials involved in death
investigations an update on the latest techniques and interpretations.”
Louis Eliopulos, author of the book “Death Investigator’s Handbook, Expanded and
Updated Edition,” will speak at several sessions on Oct. 27. Eliopulos has 25 years
of experience in death investigations. Currently, he is a senior homicide investigations
analyst with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service or NCIS, where he reviews, consults
and suggests investigative analysis and strategy on active and cold-case homicide
He also consults on homicide investigations for other criminal justice agencies.
Eliopulos was a forensic consultant for the teams responsible for recovering the remains
from the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
Other guest lecturers are Sridhar Natarajan, M.D., chief medical examiner for Lubbock
County and director of the Division of Forensic Pathology at the Health Sciences Center;
Randall E. Frost, M.D., deputy medical examiner for Bexar County Medical Examiner’s
Office and Steven A. Symes, Ph.D., forensic anthropologist at the Mercyhurst Archaeological
“Many times experts involved in forensics are the final hope for victims,” Byers
said. “We are their last voice and our hope is to provide the best training to find
answers for all victims.”
The seminar is sponsored by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the
Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, the Lubbock Medical Examiner’s Office, the Health
Sciences Center Department of Pathology, the Texas Tech Institute of Forensic Sciences
and the Office of Continuing Education.
For more information, contact Byers at (806) 743-7755.