California State University Chico Human Identification Lab

Welcome to the California State University, Chico Human Identification Laboratory

Daytime Phone Number (530) 898-4029
After hours contact for law enforcement (530) 566-5520

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Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology at California State University, Chico

The CSU, Chico, Human Identification Laboratory (CSUC-HIL) provides forensic anthropological services to law enforcement agencies and medical examiner’s offices in the California.  The laboratory receives approximately 50 requests per year to assist in outdoor scene recovery, exhumation, pathological consultation, identification, and trauma analysis. The laboratory provides hands-on opportunities and training in human skeletal biology for graduate students and undergraduate student interns, including reconstruction of fragmented and burned remains, skeletal analysis, techniques in identification, and the analysis of skeletal pathology and trauma. Graduate Students regularly assist faculty in the search and recovery of forensically significant human remains for local and federal agencies. Since 2008, a summer workshop entitled Forensic Archaeology: Field Recovery Methods has been offered every other year to provide additional training for students and crime scene technicians in the location and recovery of human remains.

Forensic Services

The Human Identification Laboratory provides forensic anthropology services to state and federal law enforcement, medical examiners and attorneys. These services include search and recovery of human remains, skeletal analysis for the purposes of identification and trauma analysis. These services assist the legal system in resolving criminal cases, missing persons cases and providing closure to families. The laboratory provides these services directly to law enforcement, medical examiners and attorneys, and is not authorized to share information regarding specific case to the media or to the public.

Code of Conduct

The laboratory and its staff abides by the Code of Ethics and Conduct put forth by the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology (SWGANTH), which states that case information is confidential and should be released to the public only by the investigating agency.

For questions regarding current forensic cases contact the University's Public Affairs office at (530) 898-4143.