Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

Death Notices

September 14, 2017 To Whom It May Concern: We are requesting the public’s assistance in locating next of kin for the following deceased individuals. We would appreciate you publishing a brief notice in the next few days in the hopes that family or friends may see the information and contact this office. Sincerely, Sharon M. Derrick, PhD Identification Manager Forensic Anthropologist Antonio Velasquez – Hispanic Male, 57 Years: Mr. Velasquez died in the 5200 block […]

HCIFS Make 5000th CODIS Hit

Harris County DNA Laboratory Makes 5,000th DNA Database Hit The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences leads all other Texas laboratories in linking crime scene DNA to known offenders The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) Forensic Genetics (DNA) Laboratory has reached a milestone 5,000 Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database convicted offender hits. A CODIS “hit” occurs when DNA obtained from a crime victim or scene is matched with DNA in the database […]

HCIFS Forensic Toxicology Laboratory Receives Accreditation Accreditation awarded by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology for the seventh time since 2004

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) Forensic Toxicology Laboratory has received aCertificate of Laboratory Accreditation from the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) for the seventh time since 2004. Accreditation from the ABFT is voluntary and currently held by 39 forensic toxicology laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. The HCIFS Forensic Toxicology Laboratory is the only toxicology laboratory in Texas to be dually accredited by the ABFT and by the American Society […]

Death Notices

We are requesting the public’s assistance in locating next of kin for the following deceased individuals. We would appreciate your publishing of a brief notice in the next few days in the hopes that family or friends may see the information and contact this office. Sincerely, Sharon M. Derrick, PhD Identification Manager Forensic Anthropologist The information is as follows: Antonio Tapia – Hispanic Male, 65 Years of Age: Mr. Tapia died in the 54 block […]

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences Death Notices

To Whom It May Concern: We are requesting the public’s assistance in locating next of kin for the following deceased individuals. We would appreciate your publishing of a brief notice in the next few days in the hopes that family or friends may see the information and contact this office. Sincerely, Sharon M. Derrick, PhD Agency Coordinator/Forensic Anthropologist The information is as follows: MANFRED SCHUETT – White Male, 68 Years of Age: Mr. Schuett died […]

Death Notification Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

To Whom It May Concern: We are requesting the public’s assistance in locating next of kin for the following deceased individuals. We would appreciate your publishing of a brief notice in the next few days in the hopes that family or friends may see the information and contact this office. Sincerely, Sharon M. Derrick, PhD Agency Coordinator/Forensic Anthropologist The information is as follows: FLETCHER RICHARDSON – Black Male, 84 Years of Age: Mr. Richardson died […]