Botanists, geophysicists, entomologists, naturalists, meteorologists, hydrologists and archeologists aren’t typical crime fighters.
Still, increasingly their skills are being tapped to solve perplexing cold-case homicides.
NecroSearch International was formed in Colorado 22 years ago with the belief that a college professor’s expertise may be all that is needed to find the body of a missing person buried in a “clandestine” grave and thereby solve a murder.
Most of the nonprofit’s experts never have, and never will, put handcuffs on a suspect.
But evidence they have found has triggered arrests in murders across the country. The scientists and crime-scene experts have accepted assignments in more than 40 states and in 10 countries, including Russia, Italy and Guatemala.
Their success rate may not sound impressive — one in 10 — but these are decades-old cases that homicide detectives thought would never be solved.
NecroSearch volunteers do their work for a very affordable fee: just enough to