October 4, 2005
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez,

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 investigations worldwide.

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 Institute.

“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.