Death Investigator
March 23 - 26, 2020
October 19 - 22, 2020

This course is open to Medicolegal students as well as working professionals 


Registration $495.00

Hybrid Course Consisting of Classroom and Online Training

Course Itinerary

  • Scene Management:  Arrival, Security, and  Agency Cooperation
  • Scene Investigation; Assessment, Evidence, and Documentation
  • Building and Maintaining a Professional Image
  • Ethics in Investigations
  • Final Summary Report Writing for Death Cases
  • Court Room Testimony
  • Understanding Cause and Manner Implications
  • Determining Time of Death
  • Investigating Suicide and Self-Harm Death
  • Investigating  Autoerotic Fatalities
  • Body Examination and Wound Identification
    • Gun Shot
    • Stabbing and Cutting
  • Collecting Body Fluids for Toxicology
  • Guarding your Mental Health
  • Investigating Death in Differing Cultures
  • Investigating Infant and Child Deaths 
  • Forensic Osteology Human v. Non-Human Bone
  • Practical principles of clandestine grave recovery
  • Surface Skeletal Remain recovery 
  • Overview of Entomology evidence

As part of this 40-hour program some of the course topics are online training courses. In addition to the four days outlined above, students will also have access to the following online courses. 

  • Proper Death Notification Procedures 
  • Understanding the Sciences Used in Death Investigation
  • Asphyxial Deaths – Classifications and Causes 
  • Courtroom Preparation and Testimony
  • Professional Conduct – Skill and Attributes 
  • Managing Workplace Conflict 

Course Accreditation

This course is approved by the Missouri Department of Public Safety POST commission and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI). Participants completing this course will receive 40 hours of Missouri CLEE credits and ABMDI continuing education credits. For participants to receive credit for this training they must be present during every hour of instruction.

Learn from the top experts in the field

This hybrid course is developed for the police detective, patrol officer, medicolegal and coroner investigator. Taught by skilled accredited instructors working the field of death investigation, this course will provide an intermediate level training of the skills required to properly work a death investigation. The format will develop confidence in the investigator and hone valuable skills. After completing this course the investigator will have the ability to better; understand the legal restriction of search and seizure, document a scene, locate and collect evidence, properly distinguish differing manners of death, better understand wound and injury interpretation, understand the dynamics of a child death, conduct witness interviews, and properly complete reports and prepare for courtroom testimony. Included in this course will be several post-mortem examination photographs and video segments – as well as injury, death, and homicide scenes through photos and video of actual cases. This course is very graphic and intense.


Our Instructors

At DITA we believe in peer to peer training using the best accredited instructors. All of our instructors and trainers are accredited in their specialized fields. Many are nationally known authors, speakers, trainers, and certified as expert witnesses. DITA instructors are either currently working in, or recently retired from, the disciplines they are instructing. It is our belief that the best instructors are hands on and have direct knowledge of current trends, methods, and technological advances – as it applies to actual case work.

Anita Brooks

Anita’s work in the area of PTSD and Compassion Fatigue has helped shape many agency’s way of looking at the metal health and vitally of their investigators.  Her teaching style brings tuff topics into an easy to apply perspective.  She is considered an expert in team building, stress management, conflict resolution, and developing interaction guidelines for dealing with surviving  family.

Anita is  an award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon best seller: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, and contributor to The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her books are available at major and independent bookstores, Amazon, plus several online retailers.


Joseph M. Weber – Weber & Associates

Joe Weber is currently a senior partner and licensed investigator in the firm of Weber & Associates. His firm provides law enforcement consultation and investigative services for insurance companies, attorneys, and financial institutions. Weber & Associates develops and presents law enforcement training to jurisdictions throughout the Midwest. This training focuses on the staffing and operations of jail facilities with special emphasis on practices that limit the facility’s liabilities in connection with conditions of confinement. Joe also serves as an adjunct instructor and program developer for the Missouri Sheriff’s Association and provides criminal justice planning for the Goldberg Group Architects

Joe finished his law enforcement career as a Lieutenant with the Crawford County Sheriff’s office. His certifications include completion of Jail Resource Management, Law Enforcement Information -Technology and Planning, Purchasing, and Managing Technology courses, by the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a graduate of the U.S. Academy of Private Investigation and has been certified by the National Institute of Truth Verification qualifying him to administer computer voice stress analysis as a method of detecting deception.

Joe has served as an expert witness in jail cases involving suicide, special needs inmates, and other confinement issues brought before the US Courts in the 8th Circuit.

He has been a guest speaker at criminal justice seminars and attorney’s conferences throughout the Eastern United States and has been published in magazines of national circulation with articles regarding jail funding, construction, and operations and has been a regular contributor to the Missouri Sheriff’s magazine.

Major Mark E. Bailey

Major Mark E. Bailey recently closed out his 24- year career as the Director of the Marine Corps’ Military Police School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice from North Carolina State University, and a Master’s Degree in Military Studies from The Marine Corps University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (251st Session).

Mark has served in numerous law enforcement assignments including: Watch Commander, Operations Officer (Patrol, K-9 and SRT), Services Officer, Director of Security and Emergency Services (Police, Fire and EMS), and Chief of Police for a 600-man department.


Mark Bailey

Darren Dake, D-ABMDI, CCI

Darren is an ABMDI accredited medicolegal death investigator and an ACFEI certified criminal investigator working  with the Crawford County Missouri Coroner’s Office, an author, conference speaker, trainer.

Darren is a certified teaching instructor and criminal investigator with over 30 years experience in the field of law enforcement and death investigations. He holds certification as an  instructor for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, and the Law Enforcement Training Institute – (Missouri University Columbia). Darren is also the lead instructor and facilitator for the Death Investigation Training Academy™, and hosts its online podcast-media program for death investigators.

Dr. Mark Beary PhD​

Dr. Mark Beary is the consulting forensic anthropologist for the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office, located in Columbia, Mo. He worked as a professional archaeologist for several years before entering the field of forensic anthropology. In 2005 he received his Master’s degree in Forensic and Biological Anthropology and in 2018 he received his Ph.D. in Anthropology with a focus in bioarcheology and forensics. He has worked on numerous cases through the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office over the past ten years. He has also worked directly with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to recover human remains from outdoor crime scenes and clandestine graves. His professional interests include forensic archaeology and outdoor crime scene recovery; forensic taphonomy including forensic entomology; development of biological profiles from human skeletal remains; and human skeletal trauma analysis.

Mark has served in numerous law enforcement assignments including: Watch Commander, Operations Officer (Patrol, K-9 and SRT), Services Officer, Director of Security and Emergency Services (Police, Fire and EMS), and Chief of Police for a 600-man department.

Mark Beary
"Three days well spent, I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to increase their knowledge in death investigation."
Calvin Troxell
Missouri Deputy Coroner
"This seminar was incredibly informative and interesting I would highly recommend it to anyone in the criminal justice field."
Dr. Mercedes Fabian
Forensic Anthropologist
"Excellent training. I appreciate the structure of the class. I also appreciated the inclusion of mental health and wellness for us."
Investigator Weatherly
Cook County Illinois Sheriff's Office
"Awesome! One of the most informative seminars on death investigations I have been too."
Don Barrett
Missouri Coroner