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Rutherford County
Sheriff's Office
940 New Salem Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 898-7720

3rd Annual Cold Case Homicide and Death Investigations Conference

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office presents its 3rd Cold Case Homicide and Death Investigations Conference Sepember 29 - October 2 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The 145 officers from 80+ agencies across the USA and Canada who attended first two conferences gave extremely positive reviews. This year’s conference/training event is largely cold case-specific and our lineup of instructors and presenters has changed. This year we’re asking each agency in attendance to bring at least one open-unsolved murder case to present to the entire class and instructors. A group discussion of investigative strategies will follow.

Tuition: Tuition is $400, but agencies sending three investigators can add a fourth or more for half-price.

Lodging: DoubleTree is offering a conference rate on rooms of $83.00 per night for a single and $99.00 per night for a double.

For more information, contact:

Capt. Steve Spence: 615-904-3062,

Cpl. Greg Wassom: 615-904-3020,

Instructors/presenters thus far:

Special Supervisory
Agent Lydia Pozzato

FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit Training Division
Behavioral Analysis & Criminal Profiles

Detective Robert Freitas
NH Department of Justice
Cold Case Presentations


Dr. Deborah Newman
MTSU Criminal Justice
Interactive History of Cold Case Investigations


Jerry Findley
Renowned veteran criminologist
Blood Spatter Analysis & Crime Scene Reconstruction


Detective Sgt. Pat Postiglione
(ret.) Formerly Metropolitan Davidson County (Nashville) Police Department’s Cold Case Unit, currently DA Investigator
Cold Case Presentations


Dr. William M. Bass III
Diplomat American Board of Forensic Anthropology (D-ABFA)


Nick Beres
Emmy Award-winning TV journalist & crime reporter
Media Relations and Cold Cases

William C. Whitesell
Tennessee’s 16th Judicial District Attorney General
Prosecuting Cold Cases 

Dr. Amy McMasters Hawes
Tennessee State Medical Examiners Office/Forensic Medical
Exhumations and Re-Autopsy in Suspected Cold Case Homicides


Dr. Adele Lewis
Tennessee State Medical Examiners Office/Forensic Medical
Exhumations and Re-Autopsy in Suspected Cold Case Homicides


ADA J. Paul Newman
Tennessee’s 16th Judicial Assistant District Attorney
Cold Case Investigations


Sgt. Dan Goodwin
RCSO CID/Cold Case Unit
Cold Case Presentation



Dr. Michael Tabor
Forensic odontologist with the National Forensics Academy
Dental Evidence in Cold Cases and Mass Death Scenes


Superintendent Robert M. Merner
Boston Police Department






This course has been submitted to P.O.S.T. for approval.