Elayne Pope, Ph.D.
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Elayne Pope, Ph.D. Fatal Fire Forensics LLC.
Dr. Elayne Pope is a Forensic Anthropologist who researches how the human body burns for application to fatal fire casework. She received her doctorate from the University of Arkansas in 2007 for “The Effects of Fire on Human Remains.” Dr. Pope has been a researcher and instructor for the San Luis Obispo Fire Investigation Strike Team (SLO FIST) Fatal Fire Death Investigation Course since 2008 where human cadavers are utilized to recreate fatal fire scenes (www.slofist.org). She worked as the Autopsy Supervisor and forensic anthropologist for 6 years at the Tidewater Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Pope is a forensic consultant and owner of Fatal Fire Forensics LLC (www.burnedbone.com) who specializes in fatal fire case review and examinations, burn pattern analysis, skeletal trauma analysis, expert witness and testimony, training lectures and course instruction, and identification of fragmentary burned bone (human vs. non-human/non-bone). Dr. Pope has been an instructor for numerous IAAI state chapter conferences since 2002 and has testified as an expert witness in criminal state court cases since 2004.
Additional research interests include forensic anthropology, fatal fire investigation, skeletal trauma & injury patterns, burn patterns to the human body, identification of fragmentary burned bone, forensic taphonomy, forensic illustration.
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