2019 Dr. David Avolt Memorial Training Conference




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June 13th - 15th

Sheraton Hotel and Suites, Indianapolis







The conference name comes from Dr. David Avolt, Tippecanoe County Coroner. The Indiana State Coroners Association looked back at the history of David’s dedication, love, leadership and affiliation with the Association. The board of the Indiana State Coroner’s Association reflected on the growth, positive changes and guidance that David brought to this fraternal organization. David was a very valuable part of making the Indiana State Coroners Association and the Coroners Training Board into what they are today by his active involvement and encouragement, and forethought of the future and his drive for education and professionalism. Based on all of this the board unanimously voted to rename our annual conference the Dr. David Avolt Memorial Training Conference. This is in recognition of a man who truly dedicated his life to the betterment of his fellow coroners.

He was elected Tippecanoe County Coroner in 1984 after serving as a deputy under Dr. William Sholty. He served in the coroner’s office since then. As Coroner he was instrumental in raising the professionalism of the office, helping to write the legislation in 1993 that required all Coroners and Deputy Coroners to become trained, state certified and requiring continuing education. Dr. Avolt was the first Veterinarian to be elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensics Sciences in 1979. He had served as President of the Coroners Association in 1992 and a longtime board member. He had also served as the Executive Director of the Coroners Training Board from 1994-1998.

“Doc” is considered by many, as the Dean of Indiana Coroners. His willingness to counsel, assist or advise those seeking his wisdom and experience has been a tremendous asset over the years, not only to coroners but to the families being served as well. His proudest accomplishments are the students and colleagues he has mentored through the years that achieved the great heights “Dr. Dave” knew they were capable of achieving.



Conference Site
Sheraton Hotel & Suites
8787 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN

There will be a direct bill account established with the Sheraton Hotel & Suites to cover the $125.00 plus tax for the Certified Coroners and Deputy Coroners. If the distance from your home or your workstation to Indianapolis is less than 50 miles, we are unable to cover your lodging.

You are responsible for making your reservation through the hotel directly to book or cancel your sleeping room. You must make your hotel reservations before the cutoff date of May 27, 2019. If you are a Coroner or Deputy Coroner tell them you are on the Coroners Training Board direct bill. We do require that if there is more than one (1) person of the same sex coming from the same county that you share a room unless you are bringing your family then you can have your own room. When making your reservation, please have both names (coroner/deputy coroner) put on the hotel bill. Tell them you are with the Coroners Training Board, and we will cover your room and tax as we have a block of rooms reserved at the state rate. If you are over 50 miles from the conference site, the CTB will pay for your room on Thursday, June 13, 2019 through Saturday, June 15, 2019. The CTB will not pay for rooms on the night of June 12, 2019, or June 15, 2019.

All other attendees; tell them you are attending the coroners’ conference as we have a block of rooms held for our group at the state rate of $125.00 plus tax.

Sheraton Reservations
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Registration & Coroners Shop

Suites 8, 9 & 10
Thursday, June 13th - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, June 14th – 7:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, June 15th – 7:00 am-4:00 pm

Exhibitors Hours

Plaza Ballroom E
Thursday, June 13th – 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Friday, June 14th – 7:00 am–2:00 pm
Saturday, June 15th – 7:00 am–4:30 pm


Thursday, June 13th


9:00 am - 4:00 pmRegistration

11:30 am – Noon Welcome - Roger Lewis, ISCA President & Vermillion County Coroner
Welcome – Phil Zahm, CTB Chairman, Huntington County Coroner
Opening Ceremony - Gordon Becher, Knox County Deputy Coroner
Presentations of the Colors - Indiana State Police Color Guard
National Anthem - Voices of the Indianapolis Fire Department

12:00 pm - 2:00 pmMEMORY POWER - If there were a magic pill that would improve your memory, would you take it? Fortunately, you don’t need to. This fun and interactive session rids your poor memory from forgotten names, misplaced glasses, and statements such as, “I know it’s here somewhere,” to a mind that’s efficient and reliable. This program dispels the myth that memory can’t be improved. It can; easily and effectively. You’ll learn techniques on organizing your thoughts, remembering names and faces, and overcoming absent-mindedness. When you’re skilled in memory, all your other skills get better. You can improve your memory. This program shows you how. Paul Mellor

2:00 pm - 2:30 pmDangerous Drugs, that will include proper handling, packaging, storage, and personal precautions, etc. applicable to the coroners. Elizabeth Griffin, Drug Unit Supervisor for the ISP Laboratory

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm“Latent Prints”, that will include electronic submissions for analysis and its application to the coroners. Marcus Montooth, Latent Print Unit Supervisor for the ISP Laboratory

3:00 pm - 3:15 pmBreak

3:15 pm - 4:15 pmCoroner Panel Discussion, Tony Ciriello, MDI, Moderator

4:15 pm - 4:45 pmGeneral Business Meeting

8:00 pm - 12:00 amCorn Hole Tournament and Gathering Room Sponsored by Clean X-Treme (optional)


Friday, June 14th


7:00 am - 4:00 pmRegistration

8:00 am - 8:15 amAnnouncements

8:15 am- 9:15 amA Fatal Fixation: A Case Reflection, Ken Hendricks & Tyler Schafer, Allen County Deputies

9:15 am - 10:15 amBring your own slides (Power Point) Dr. Phil O'Shaughnessy Case Studies

10:15 am - 10:30 amBreak

10:30 am - 11:30 pmIndiana Law, Tony Ciriello, CTB, Director of Training

11:30 am – 12:00 pmInTime and TIM Training, Guy Boruff

12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch (on your own)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pmCoroner Panel Discussion, Tony Ciriello, MDI, Moderator

2:00 pm – 2:15 pmBreak

2:15 pm- 4:15 pmChoose only one
Workshop #1 - SUIDI
Workshop #2 - Bloodstains at the Scene
Workshop #3 - Workshop #3 - Infrared Digital Photography: Applications for Death Investigations and the Identification of Remains.”

5:00 pm - 6:00 pmCocktails & Appetizers (sponsored by the Sheraton Hotel & Suites)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pmDinner, Awards Ceremony & Door Prizes

8:00 pm - 9:00 pmDave "The King" Wilson, Comedian

9:00 pm - 12:00 amGathering Room, Sponsored By ISCA (optional)


Saturday, June 15th


7:00 am – NoonRegistration

8:00 am – 8:15 amAnnouncements

8:15 am – 9:15 amDeath & Dying - Beliefs and Customs of the World’s Religions, Rev./Dr. Sam Boys

9:15 am – 10:00 amMotivational Speaker, Corporal Josh Bleill, USMC Ret.

10:00 am - 10:15 amBreak

10:15 am - 12:00 pmStrangulations, Dr. William Smock

12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch (on your own)

1:00 : pm - 4:30 pmWould you recognize a staged wound or crime scene if you stepped in it.
Driver or passenger: why is the dead guy always the driver? Dr. William Smock


You will be required to scan in each day and upon returning from lunch breaks. Please remember to bring your ISCA issued ID card. If you have lost yours, a new one will be available for $5.00.

Breaks are given at the discretion of the speaker. Video and/or audio taping of any sessions or parts thereof is not permitted. Although precautions are taken to prevent schedule changes, speakers and program schedules may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

No one under the age of 18 will be permitted into the lecture area.

Please turn off all cell phones and pagers or put them on vibrate or be subject to $5.00 fine per incident going to the Dr. David Dennis scholarship fund.


Paul Mellor, author of Finding the Keys, was a finalist in the USA Memory Championship, where he recalled the names of over 90 people in less than 15 minutes, remembered in exact order over 100 single-digit numbers after a fiveminute study, and recalled the exact order of a shuffled deck of playing cards after less than a three-and-a-half minute review. His fun and energetic programs have been delivered to audiences nationwide. A Communications graduate of Western Carolina University, Mr. Mellor is also the author of You’re Almost There, chronicling his journey as having run a marathon (26.2 miles) in all 50 states.

Elizabeth Griffin is the South Zone Drug Unit Supervisor for the Indiana State Police, supervising analysts at the Indianapolis and Evansville Regional Laboratories. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Hanover College and a Master’s of Natural Science in Applied Chemistry with an emphasis in Forensics from Southeast Missouri State University. She has worked in crime labs since 2005, both for the Indiana State Police in the biology and drug units, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department controlled substances unit. She is a Comprehensive Criminalistics Fellow with the American Board of Criminalistics, a member of the Clandestine Laboratory Investigating Chemists Association, and has recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists.

Marcus Montooth Supervisor, Latent Print Identification Unit, Indiana State Police. Marcus obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Evansville in 2001, and has been employed as a Forensic Scientist with the Indiana State Police since 2003. He is an IAI Certified Latent Print Examiner, an ASCLD/LAB Certified Technical Assessor, an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Certified Instructor, and an adjunct professor at the University of Evansville teaching Introduction to Forensic Science. He has presented on various latent print topics for the International Association for Identification (IAI), Indiana Division of the IAI, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

James Elliott has been a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Mishawaka Fire Department for 18 years. Prior to being elected as Elkhart County Coroner in 2016, he served 2 years as a Deputy Coroner then 8 years as Chief Deputy Coroner for Elkhart County.

Marian Dunnichay graduated from Elwood Community High School in 1980 and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1985. Marian was employed as a register nurse for Dr. Spottsville, Dr. Copeland and Community Hospital in Anderson. Marian has served on the Community Hospital Foundation Board and Governing Board. She has served 14 years as Madison County Coroner and 12 years as Chief Deputy Coroner.

Marian has served 19 years on the Indiana State Coroners Association Board of Directors which included serving as President in 2003 and 2018. She was appointed by Governor Daniels and Governor Holcomb to serve on the Indiana State Coroners Training Board and has also been an instructor for the Medicolegal Death Investigators Course for 12 years. She has served on the Madison County Fatality Review Board and the Madison County Infant Mortality Board.

Clayton Nolting grew up in rural Columbus IN and attended local schools before heading off to college. Clayton attended Purdue University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision and Associates in Sociology and Forensic Science. Under the tutelage of Dr. Ralph Williams PhD, D-ABFE Clayton obtained his Masters of Science degree in Forensic Entomology. His research project revolved around the effects of gunshot trauma on flesh eating insects using pig carcasses. Clayton graduated from Purdue in 2011 and worked a short time for the Marion County Coroner’s Office. Clayton has been with the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office since 2010 and was elected Coroner in 2017. Clayton is a continuing lecturer at the University of Tennessee Knoxville for the Forensic Anthropology Program since 2008. Clayton is also a full time Patrolman with the Columbus, IN police department serving as a member of SWAT, D.A.R.E., F.T.O., Firearms instructor, and ALERRT instructor. Clayton is married with one son.

William W. “Billy” Scott was born and raised in Jeffersonville, Indiana and graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1996. After high school he attended Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana where he played basketball for 4 years and obtained his bachelor’s degree. He moved home after college to work in the family business and serve his hometown as a funeral director. He attended Mid-America College of Funeral Service and graduated in 2001. He currently serves as president of Scott Funeral Services and was elected as Clark County Coroner in 2017. Billy loves to spend his time outdoors hunting and fishing.

Ken L. Hendricks Sr. is a U.S. Air Force veteran, is a 40+ year public servant. He is currently serving as a MDI for the Allen County Coroner’s Office, a Critical Care Paramedic/Firefighter, Tactical/SWAT Medic team member, and an Instructor in many areas of Pre-Hospital patient care. His background is settled in Paramedicine and Education. He earned his Paramedic License in 1981. Ken has a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education from IPFW, an Indiana Certification of School - Principal ship, and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) form ISU in School Administration and Leadership Degree – Indiana school Superintendent’s License.

He has spoken locally, regionally and nationally for various EMS prehospital conferences. Ken was recently inducted as a charter member of the Indiana EMS Association Golden Siren Club for his contributions to EMS over the years.

He can be contacted at klhendrickssr@gmail.com or at his website, www.StreetWarrior.net.

Tyler Schafer began his public servitude by joining the Woodburn Fire Department following graduation from high school in 2005. He was a School Board treasurer for 4 years, baseball coach for 11 years, and now holds 18 different certifications involving Firefighting, Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, and Investigation.

He has been a Medicolegal Death Investigator with the Allen County Coroner’s Office since January 2018. Along with being a Deputy Coroner, he is also currently an investigator for the Fire Arson Specialized Team of Allen County, a Full Time Emergency Medical Technician for Dekalb County EMS, as well as being Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for the City of New Haven and Woodburn Fire Department, and is a District 3 Fire and EMS Instructor.

Anthony “Tony” Ciriello retired after a 34 year career in law enforcement most recently serving as Chief of Police for the Syracuse Police Department. Ciriello started his law enforcement career as an arson investigator for the State of Indiana before joining the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department where he served in numerous capacities during his tenure there. Those capacities were patrol officer, supervisor, detective, narcotics officer, D.A.R.E. officer and field training officer.

In addition to his law enforcement career, Ciriello holds a certification as a Medicolegal Death Investigator, is also a Center for Disease Control Certified Infant Death Investigator/Instructor. For the last 20 years Ciriello has served as the Director of Training and Education for the Indiana State Coroners Training Board and for 26 years has been a Deputy Coroner and now serves as the elected Coroner in Kosciusko County. Ciriello is currently the business manager and pre-arrangement specialist for McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels in Warsaw and Pierceton, Indiana. He holds licenses in Life and Health Insurance.

In addition to those activities he is the Past-President of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police. Ciriello is a graduate of the Kosciusko Leadership Academy and the Indiana Police Executive Leadership Academy. He serves on numerous local boards and civic organizations. Ciriello is the recipient of the Excellence in Government Award from the Syracuse/Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, two times Leaders Leader Award from the Indiana Police Executive Leadership Academy and was awarded the William Sudbury Memorial Leadership Award from the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police. He was honored in 2015 with a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Pence.

Guy W. Boruff, Director, Public Safety Operations Section, Indiana Department of Transportation Guy holds a degree in Engineering from Purdue University; served his country for two (2) years active military; retired as a Captain with the Indiana State Police with 32 years’ service; and transitioned to INDOT in January 2006. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy; Redstone Arsenal Bomb School; was a RADAR and VASCAR instructor; and completed the first 13 years of his career patrolling Lake, Porter, & LaPorte Counties. His diverse background with ISP provides him with a “unique perspective” on many INDOT & safety related issues.

As the Director for Public Safety Operations, Guy is responsible for being INDOT’s Liaison with the Indiana State Police with respect to traffic safety issues. He responds to operational traffic incidents related to safety, congestion, road closures, and quick clearance; he operates the Emergency Vehicle Designation program on behalf of INDOT; and interfaces with the local emergency response communities on incident management training & initiatives.

He has been instrumental in establishing the multi-agency InTIME (Indiana Traffic Incident Management Effort) initiative – which has reduced risks to drivers and helped to speed up the cleanup of traffic incidents on Indiana roads. Guy has been coordinating Incident Management Training for other Indiana agencies, which is helping to build relationships between those emergency responders.

Gretchen Martin is the Director of the Fatality Review and Prevention Division with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Prior to serving in her current position, Gretchen was with the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) for 19 years, and served in a variety of roles including death scene investigation, investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect, supervision of Family Case Managers and reviewing child fatality cases from all over the State as part of the DCS fatality unit. Gretchen received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Purdue University and her Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University.

Kelly Cunningham received her MPH from IUPUI with an emphasis on behavioral health sciences. She previously worked in workplace wellness before beginning her work in family violence prevention in 2006. Her focus has been on child injury prevention and the impact of child fatality review on those efforts. Since working with the Indiana State Department of Health, Kelly has been involved in infant mortality, safe sleep, suicide prevention, water safety, ATV safety and death investigation improvement efforts.

Olyvia Hoff works for the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) as the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death/Sudden Death in the Young (SUID/SDY) Coordinator and manages a grant to improve data quality and completeness for these deaths. Prior to working at ISDH, she worked for 4 years as a Department of Child Services death investigator for Marion County. Olyvia has a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Bachelor’s in Social Work and is currently working on receiving her Master’s in Social Work.

Craig C. Moore, retired in 2015 with 30 years of policing from Ontario Canada, 16 of which as a Detective in the Forensic Service Unit. He grew up 30 miles from Buffalo NY and calls Niagara his home. He continues to study and learn about the forensic discipline of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Now self-employed under his company See More Forensics, he travels across the lower 48 with truck and trailer to bring his one-week BPA courses to crime scene professionals. He’s testified as a BPA expert in Ontario and in New York State (most recently twice in Buffalo 2018) and has been published numerous times. He has also presented over 175 lectures on the topic. He’s been certified in BPA by the IAI since 2000. He was recognized as an IAI Distinguished member in 2006. He has sat on various IAI BPA related committees and is currently on their education community for BPA. This is Craig’s second appearance as guest lecturer.

Sgt. Jason Page has 16 years of field experience in criminal investigations (Joined ISP in 2000, promoted to detective in 2002, promoted to CSI in 2008). Primary interest is in Crime Scene Reconstruction supplemented with secondary disciplines of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Bullet Trajectory, and Gunshot Wound Analysis.

Dave “The King” Wilson is a standup comedian, headlined Comedy Clubs, Churches, Corporate events and other venues across the country. Appeared on several national and local TV and Radio programs. Dave has owned and operated One-Liners Comedy Club and Wilson’s Bar in Greenwood, IN and appeared on the Bob & Tom Show-“The King” Comedy Character.

Rev. Dr. Sam Boys is the Director of Spiritual Life at Culver Academies. He is also Professor Emeritus at Ancilla College, where he taught Philosophy and World Religions, as well as leading the campus ministry program. He is a certified yoga instructor, published author, and musician. Dr. Boys continues to facilitate retreats and workshops on a variety of topics related to wellness, leadership, and spirituality.

Marine Corporal Josh Bleill [Bly-ul; rhymes with “Kyle” or “smile”] is a native of Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Upon completion of his education, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006. While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on. This new life included employment as the Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson. Recently Josh has taken a new step in his journey by starting his own speaking company, Josh Bleill LLC, to do public speaking independently, and is proudly sponsored by DEEM.

William Smock, MS, MD is the full-time Police Surgeon and directs the Clinical Forensic Medicine Program for the Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky. Bill graduated from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine in 1990 and completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Louisville in 1993. In 1994, he became the first physician in the United States to complete a post-graduate fellowship in Clinical Forensic Medicine. Dr. Smock served an Assistant Medical Examiner with the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office from 1991 to 1997. Dr. Smock joined the Louisville Police Department in 1993 as the SWAT team’s first tactical physician, a position he has held for the last 26 years.

Dr. Smock is currently a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine training medical students and resident physicians in tactical medicine and clinical forensic medicine. Dr. Smock was recently named the medical director of the San Diego-based Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. Dr. Smock has edited three textbooks on clinical forensic medicine and published more than 40 chapters and articles on forensic and emergency medicine. He is an internationally recognized forensic expert and trains nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers, attorneys and judges in multiple fields including: reconstruction of officer-involved shootings, the investigation and prosecution of fatal and non-fatal strangulation, gunshot wounds, injury mechanisms and motor vehicle trauma. Dr. Smock is also the Police Surgeon for the Floyd County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Office, the Jeffersontown (Kentucky) Police Department and the St. Matthews (Kentucky) Police Department. He has investigated and reconstructed hundreds of felony strangulation cases and officer-involved critical incidents on behalf of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Dr. Smock’s investigations and testimony have provided state and federal Courts with valuable information on the determination of: entrance versus exit wounds, a bullet’s path through the body, bullet trajectory, range-of-fire and if the statements provided by suspects, witness or officers are consistent with the physical evidence. William S. Smock, MS, MD Police Surgeon Louisville Metro Police Depart 13


Workshops

Friday, June 14, 2019 from 2pm - 4pm - (Choose only 1)

#1 SUIDI - Gretchen Martin, Kelly Cunningham, Olyvia Hoff - Suite 6&7

This training teaches death scene investigators how to conduct a comprehensive infant death scene investigation. Investigators learn how to conduct witness interviews and doll reenactment, and to develop a narrative report for the forensic pathologist. This training gives investigators the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDIRF) during and after the scene investigation, and participate in the pre-autopsy conference. The classification of sudden unexplained infant deaths (SUID) utilizing the CDC’s decision-making algorithm will also be emphasized, as it pertains to standardized case investigations and cause and manner of death assignations.

#2 Bloodstain at the Scene - Craig Moore - Metro Suite

This two-hour lecture was developed specifically for this conference and is designed to introduce one to the potential evidence revealed in analyzing bloodstains at the scene. This field is known as Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) and for those already familiar with the topic you may find the lecture beneficial as a training refresher.

Craig is excited to present this new discussion for he is utilizing live video. He will show through his camera lens a number of experiments with wet blood performed in front of you. Some of the stains encountered at a “bloodletting event” can be created by only specific mechanisms. Different laws of nature are involved whether it be physics and for blood outside the body, the liquid behaves under laws of fluid dynamics. In combination with these and other elements as they relate to the scene the bloodstain patterns found can be traced back to their initial formations.

#3 Infrared Digital Photography - Sgt. Jason Page, ISP - Suite 16

Applications for Death Investigations and the Identification of Remains - This session will present a basic awareness of how infrared digital photography can assist death investigations. Infrared photography can often help reveal latent bruises, bloodstains, gunshot soot, and other items of potential trace evidence. Infrared photography can also aid with the identification of decomposed remains by revealing tattoos and enhancing faded paper documents.

Dress Code

The ISCA is a professional association and we need to project that image to the general public. The conference is a group of professionals learning about death investigation and gathering for networking.

Based on this we as the board are implementing that the attire will be business/casual. This will be monitored by the ISCA board of directors, so please don’t embarrass yourself or the board and dress appropriately while you are representing your county at the conference.

General Session Attendance

The conference is for in-service training for the elected coroners and deputy coroners, therefore the ISCA must enforce that only coroners and their deputies that hold a current association ID badge are present in the general sessions. Spouses are welcome to attend the banquet or any other event held outside of the actual general session.

General Business Meeting

The general business meeting will be held on Thursday, June 14th from 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm. This meeting is open to coroners who have paid their membership for 2019. Each county coroner with a paid membership shall have one vote in the general business meeting.

Dr. Phil O’Shaughnessy Case Study

If you would like to share a unique case that offers a challenge please consider presenting during the Dr. Phil O’Shaughnessy Case Studies on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 9:15 am - 10:15 am during the general session. Each presentation will be 15 minutes long. An electronic presentation copy must be delivered to Lisa Barker at indcoroners@tds.net by May 14, 2019. Presentations will be selected and scheduled based on perceived interest to the audience and in the order in which the completed submissions are received. (contact Lisa Barker for the application)

The audience will vote on the best case/presentation and the winner will receive a flat screen TV donated by Jeff Stout, ISCA Board Member, Howard County Deputy Coroner.

Panel Discussion

A panel discussion will be held utilizing 4 coroners from around the state from various size agencies. The purpose of this panel discussion is to share information, discuss issues faced by coroners, to share problem solving techniques and to answer those questions of how does someone else handle this situation.

Questions should be about real issues: such as handling problem with IDRS; problems with law enforcement agencies; problems with prosecutors; problems with funeral homes or hospitals; and what if the deceased is from out of state or country. This list is not inclusive as to topics, but is used as a general guideline to establish the type of questions sought by the panel.

All questions should be submitted to Lisa Barker indcoroners@tds.net by May 15, 2019 so the panel will have time to review all questions, and time will be allowed at the end for open questions from the floor.

The panel will consist of: Moderator, Tony Ciriello, Kosciusko County Coroner; Marian Dunnichay, Chief Deputy Coroner, Madison County; Billy Scott, Clark County Coroner; Clayton Nolting, Bartholomew County Coroner and James Elliott, Elkhart County Coroner.

Corn Hole Tournament

Clean X-Treme will be hosting a corn hole tournament on Thursday, June 13th on the front patio if weather permits or in the Clearwater Ballroom if it rains from 8:00 pm - Midnight. There will be a $5.00 entry fee per person. Winners will receive wooden American flags made by Mark Franklin, ISCA Board Member, Martin County Chief Deputy Coroner. All proceeds will be donated to the Dr. David Dennis Scholarship fund.

Cocktail Hour

The Sheraton Hotel & Suites will be hosting a cocktail hour outside the Plaza Ballroom for coroners and deputy coroners and their spouses on Friday, June 14th from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm prior to the banquet. This will include free beer, wine, soda and appetizers.

Banquet, Awards Ceremony & Door Prizes

The Indiana State Coroners Association in conjunction with exhibitors will be hosting the annual banquet on Friday, June 14th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm in the Plaza Ballroom. Following the dinner, we will have Comedian, Dave “The King” Wilson. This is a great way to mingle with fellow coroners and deputy coroners. This event is included in your registration for you and your spouse. Additional banquet tickets are available for $60.00.

Gathering Room

Clean X-Treme will be hosting the Gathering Room in front of the hotel on Thursday, June 13th from 8:00 pm- 12:00 am. ISCA will be hosting the Gathering Room on Friday, June 14th from 9:00 pm - 12:00 am. You are welcome to bring your cooler, cards and games. This will be a time of camaraderie for you and your fellow professional associates. This event is included in your registration for you and your spouse.

Exhibitor Door Prizes

We encourage you to visit the exhibitors throughout the days in the Plaza Ballroom to be eligible to win door prizes. Each attendee will receive a toe tag in his/her packet. Door prizes will be awarded during the banquet on Friday, June 14th.

Brain Bucket Bingo

Don’t forget your dollar bills! Bring your dollar bills and win daily door prizes donated by the Indiana State Coroners Association Board of Directors, Exhibitors, Coroners and Deputy Coroners. You are welcome to bring prizes to be given away from you and your county. All proceeds will be donated to the Dr. David Dennis Scholarship fund.

Educational Hours

Medicolegal Death Investigators – This conference is approved by the Coroners Training Board for 19.5 hours for the full conference.

Law Enforcement – This conference is approved by the Coroners Training Board for 19.5 hours for the full conference.

Funeral Directors – This conference is pending by the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.

EMS/Paramedic – This conference is pending by Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Friday Night Entertainment

Dave “The King” Wilson is a standup comedian, headlined Comedy Clubs, Churches, Corporate events and other venues across the country. Appeared on several national and local TV and Radio programs. Dave has owned and operated One-Liners Comedy Club and Wilson’s Bar in Greenwood, IN and appeared on the Bob & Tom Show-“The King” Comedy Character.


Are you interested in meeting and networking with the leaders of the medicolegal death investigation and forensic field in Indiana? Would you like to showcase your products and services over a 2 1/2 day to over 350 coroners and deputy coroners. The ISCA Board of Directors is proud to announce the 2019 Dr. David Avolt In-Service Training Conference that will be held June 13-15, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel & Suites, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis. The exhibitor fees are $550.00 plus a door prize; includes 2 tickets to the banquet. Additional tickets will be available for $60.00 each. Exhibitors will be set up in the Ballroom, booth space are assigned on the basis of first-come, first-serve. Applications and payment must be received by March 15, 2019. Please make checks payable to: ISCA, 3501 East 1000 South, Lafayette, IN. 47909

Download an exhibitor application and contract that your organization will be required sign to exhibit at the conference. By signing the Exhibitor Application/Contract and the Guidelines for Display Rules and Regulations, you legally obligate your company to abide by all terms, conditions, regulations and guidelines (hereinafter Exhibitor Rules). Anyone representing your company at the Dr. David Avolt In-Service Training Conference must be made aware of the Exhibitor Rules. Unfamiliarity with the Exhibitor Rules will not warrant waivers of any of the guidelines/rules.

You can now book your hotel room for the conference at Sheraton Reservations (888-627-7814) or https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1548792153161&key=GRP Please tell them you are attending the coroners conference as we have a block of rooms held for our group at the state rate of $125.00 plus tax in order to receive the government rate and that you will be paying for your own room. Reservations must be made before the cutoff date of May 20, 2019. There are also additional sponsorship opportunities available for your business throughout the conference. These sponsorships can be co-sponsored with other Exhibitors. (Contact Lisa Barker for further details)

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    • Conference Booklets
    • Break Services
    • Breakfast or Luncheon
    • Hog Roast for the Banquet
    • Dr. O'Shaughnessy Case Presentation Gift Cards


We appreciate many of you who have participated in years past and look forward to your participation once again. We also welcome those who will be in attendance for the first time and hope you will find it a positive event. The association thanks you for your continued support.

We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis.

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Registration & Coroners Shop

Suites 8, 9 & 10
Thursday, June 13th - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday, June 14th – 7:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, June 15th – 7:00 am-4:00 pm

Exhibitors Hours

Plaza Ballroom E
Thursday, June 13th – 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Friday, June 14th – 7:00 am–2:00 pm
Saturday, June 15th – 7:00 am–4:30 pm

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General Directions to the Sheraton Hotel & Suites



From Interstate 69 (North)
Take Interstate 465 West to Exit 33. Proceed south to the next Exit (86th Street). Turn left on 86th Street and turn left at the second light. The hotel is located behind the mall on the right.

From Interstate 65 (South)
Take Interstate 465 East to Interstate 465 North. Follow I-465 North to Keystone Avenue (Exit 33). Turn left and go under the road. Take the 86th Street Exit and turn left at the light. Turn left again at the second light. The hotel is located behind the mall on the right.

From East
Take Interstate 74 or Interstate 70 to Interstate 465 North. Continue on I-465 North to Keystone Avenue (Exit 33). Turn left and go under the road. Take the 86th Street Exit and turn left at the light. Turn left again at the second light, the hotel is located behind the mall on the right.

From Interstate 31 (North)
Take Interstate 31 North to Interstate 465 East. Continue on I-465 East to Exit 33. Proceed south to the next Exit (86th Street). Turn left on 86th Street and turn left at the second light. The hotel is located behind the mall on the right.

From Indianapolis International Airport (West)
Take Interstate 70 West to Interstate 74 West. Continue on I-74 West to Interstate 465 North. Proceed on I-465 North to Interstate 465 East to Keystone Avenue (Exit 33). Turn right and continue to the next exit (86th Street). Turn left at the second light. The hotel is located behind the mall on the right.

From Interstate 65 (North)
Take Interstate 865 East to Interstate 465 East. Continue on I-465 East to Exit 33. Proceed South to the next Exit (86th Street). Turn left on 86th Street and turn left at the second light. The hotel is located behind the mall on the right.

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