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Resources and Strategies for Investigating the Living Doe

 Date: September 1, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Location: Online


Course Description: 

This course will provide participants an understanding of what constitutes an unidentified person as a "living doe" and when, how, and why to investigate. Participants will gain insight on how to better coordinate with medical staff to acquire helpful information and biometrics to aid in identification. Case studies will be reviewed and the negative impact of not investigating living doe cases will be addressed. The instructor will review services the California Department of Justice offers to law enforcement agencies to assist them with living unidentified persons investigations. By the end of this training, participants will:

1) Understand what constitutes a Living Doe and when, how, and why to investigate

2) Learn how to coordinate with medical staff to acquire helpful information for identification

3) Become aware of the services that the CA Department of Justice offers to law enforcement agencies to assist them in Live Doe investigations


Leah Walsh graduated from California State University Chico in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in anthropology and a certificate in Forensic Human Identification. She joined the Missing and Unidentified Persons Section (MUPS) in 2017 as a student volunteer and she is now a Crime Analyst II in the unit. In 2019, she received the Attorney General's Team Award along with the rest of the MUPS for their collaborative efforts to aid local law enforcement agencies in the wake of the Camp Fire. Leah is assigned to the Live Doe cases for MUPS.

Additional Information:

A link to join the webinar will be sent after you register.

CEUs Available

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.  Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) when they fill out the follow-up survey.  Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Course meets qualifications for 2 hours of Continuing Education Units (Provider #128510) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs.  CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  CEUs will be available after the webinar for a fee of $20.

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Produced by the Child Abduction Training Project  of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) in partnership with the California Child Abduction Task Force with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victim of Crime Act.