Forensic Services

Dr. Klales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is a Member of the Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Klales has worked on over 200 active forensic cases, including more than 35 forensic archaeological recoveries, several plane crashes, and multiple fatal fires. She first began working on active forensic casework in 2007 as a graduate student training under Pennsylvania’s only two board certified forensic anthropologists. Upon completion of her Ph.D. in 2014, she began directing recoveries and served as lead forensic anthropologist on active forensic case reports at Mercyhurst University. In 2016, she accepted a position at Washburn University to lead their new Forensic B.S. Anthropology Program and she is currently Director of the Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit. Dr. Klales achieved ABFA board certification in February of 2019.

To request forensic services, please contact Dr. Klales at alexandra.klales@washburn.edu or 785.670.1611. 

Forensic Archaeological Search and Recovery of Human Remains

State of the art methods will be used to search, locate, document, and recover human remains and evidence from outdoor scenes in a timely fashion using the principles of forensic archaeology and forensic anthropology. Recovery of the remains and evaluation of context at the scene allows me to provide information about time since death and a forensic taphonomic analysis. Aside from traditional surface scatter and buried body cases, Dr. Klales  specializes in mass disaster and fatal fire recoveries. 

Laboratory Analysis of Remains and Establishment of Biological Profile Parameters

A variety of morphological and metric methods will be used to assess the biological profile of the decedent including sex, age-at-death, ancestry, and stature. This information, along with individualizing characteristics, will be presented in a formal report for law enforcement, coroners, and medical examiners offices to help aid in the identification process.

Determining Significance and Differentiating Human from Non-Human Bones

Images can be quickly and easily sent via text message to 484.844.3329 or via email to alexandra.Klales@washburn.edu for evaluation of forensic significance and differentiation of human from non-human bones. Please take images from multiple angles and include some form of scale for reference.

Training Seminars

Individualized training seminars and field exercises are available for varying duration in forensic archaeology, forensic anthropology, trauma analysis, forensic significance, fatal vehicle/structure fires, mass disaster recoveries, and laboratory methods in forensic anthropology. These course can be tailored to your specific wants and needs.

Forensic ID of Cold Cases

Re-examine human remains, especially skeletonized or badly decomposed human remains, to establish the biological profile and report information that can 1) narrow the list of potential victims and 2) can be used to make a positive identification of the deceased.

Bone Trauma Analysis

Determine bone trauma timing as antemortem, perimortem, or postmortem. Differentiation of sharp, blunt force, ballistic, and fire trauma. Recognition and analysis of child and elder abuse is also available. Trauma analysis has the potential to contribute information related to the cause and manner of death.