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Forensic artist to speak on crime scene investigations

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 5, 2004 -- Providence Police Det. Patricia Cornell will speak about crime scene investigation as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place on Friday, Feb. 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A forensic artist, Cornell employs 3-D facial reconstruction techniques on skeletal remains when detectives are unable to identify a body. She attended the FBI academy at Quantico for skull reconstruction and facial imaging and the Henry C. Lee Institute for Forensic Science at the University of New Haven. She has taken seminars on blood spatter, palm prints, terrorism, and discovery and analysis of human remains.

Cornell, who was a military police officer during the Persian Gulf War, became a Providence police officer 14 years ago. In 1996, the same year she received her associate’s degree in criminal justice, Cornell was promoted to detective in the Bureau of Criminal Identification. In addition to her duties as a detective, for which she was awarded the Providence Police Department Chief’s award last May, she is also a consultant for skull reconstruction at the Lee Institute.

She lectured at URI a year ago when she discussed "Facial Reconstruction from Skeletal Remains." By using precise measurements of skeletal landmarks and linking certain qualities to ages, sexes, and races, she can sketch and sculpt a clear identification of the victim. The lecture series is a semester-long program offered by the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership. It lasts through April 30, and all lectures are held in Room 124 of Pastore Hall from 3:30 to 5 p.m.