Arapahoe County coroner employee to teach techniques in Mexico

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Posted 11/20/18

A medicolegal death investigator from the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will travel to Oaxaca, Mexico, to teach child death investigations to crime scene investigators and criminologists. …

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Arapahoe County coroner employee to teach techniques in Mexico

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A medicolegal death investigator from the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will travel to Oaxaca, Mexico, to teach child death investigations to crime scene investigators and criminologists.

Elizabeth Ortiz, who is bilingual and fluent in Spanish, will teach a group of professional criminologists from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at the Forensic Institute of Investigations, Latin America (Forense de Investigaciones Latinoamerica) in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico. Ortiz will conduct her teaching in Spanish, and will translate for other instructors from around the United States.

“I cannot express how honored I am to have been chosen to represent Arapahoe County at the 13th International Congressional Meeting for Criminologists and Forensic Sciences,” Ortiz said in a news release. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share my knowledge in my native language about how to investigate child deaths.”

Ortiz worked for the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office from 1992-99 as a pathologist assistant. She returned to the county in 2006 as a medicolegal death investigator. In 2013, she graduated from Regis University with a master's degree in criminology. Ortiz now investigates all unattended deaths in Arapahoe County and makes death announcements on site when there is no physician present. She also teaches child death investigations to local law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado.

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