NMU forensic research program gives update, welcomes guests

Published: May. 30, 2019 at 11:23 AM EDT
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The Forensic Research program at Northern Michigan University welcomed guests from overseas Thursday morning.

Pathologists and biologists from the University of Salzburg presented about their research in forensic sciences.

The director of NMU's Forensic Research Outdoor Station, known as FROST, also gave an update on the program.

Jane Wankmiller says a dedicated group of about 10 NMU students studying biology and anthropology did field research through the past school year.

Wankmiller and her students also help investigators across Michigan with searches and determining whether remains are from a human or an animal.

"We can give them an answer pretty quickly and let them know which direction they need to go," Wankmiller said. "So that's been very helpful, I think, in a lot of cases."

Security is tight at the research station. Human bodies there come from self-donations or next of kin.