Medicolegal Death Investigator Course

In-Person Course, Offered Twice Yearly

Expanded and Updated

Hybrid Course Consisting of Classroom and Online Training.

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

March 21-25, 2022
October 17-21, 2022

Registration: $595

Expanded Training and Certification Option

As part of this newly expanded course, students have the option to enroll in an online portion for further training and certification. The additional enrollment covers the online courses and application to sit for the National Certification Exam.  (Cost $250)

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 in 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 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.

Course Accreditation

This course is approved by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, as well as 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. An additional 10 hours will be granted with the optional online portion. 

Course Itinerary

Day One
  • Scene Management
  • Top 12 Mistakes Made at Death Scenes.
  • 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
Day Two
  • Understanding Cause and Manner Implications
  • Determining Time of Death
  • Body Examination and Wound Identification
    • Gun Shot
    • Stabbing and Cutting
  • Mock Scene Assessment (Practical Exercise)
Day Three
  • Guarding Your Mental Health
  • Investigating Death in Differing Cultures and Personalities
  • Investigating Infant and Child Deaths
Day Four
  • Forensic Osteology Human v. Non-Human Bone
  • Practical Principles of Clandestine Grave Recovery
  • Surface Skeletal Remain Recovery
  • Overview of Entomology Evidence
Day Five
  • Investigating Suicide and Self-Harm Death
  • Investigating Autoerotic Accidents
  • Equivocal Death Investigations
  • Staged Suicide Scenes
  • Chemical Suicides

Every student will be given access to an online portal of resources discussed in the course as well as many other downloadable resources. Forms, eBooks, charts, scene worksheets, checklists, and much more are included.

Optional Online Training and Certification Exam

As part of this expanded course, students have the option to enroll in the online portion for further training and certification. The additional enrollment covers the following online courses and the application to sit for the National Certification Exam. (Cost $250)

  • Forensic Sciences Used in Death Investigation
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Motor Vehicle Crash Injury Analysis
  • Pedestrian v. Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries
  • Cultural Diversity in Death Investigation
  • Managing Workplace Conflict

Our Instructors

At Death Investigation Training Academy 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 casework.

Anita Brooks

Anita Brooks

Anita’s work in the area of PTSD and Compassion Fatigue has helped shape many agencies’ way of looking at the mental 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 the 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.

Major Mark E. Bailey

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.

Darren Dake, D-ABMDI, CCI

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 of 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 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.

“Five days well spent, I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to increase their knowledge in death investigation.”

C. Troxel

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 to.”

Don Barrett

Missouri Coroner