2020 Dr. David Avolt Memorial Training Conference




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November 12th - 14th

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 November 1, 2020. 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. If your family is joining you this year you will need to bring them to the registration room to register or you will be billed for your hotel room. If you are over 50 miles from the conference site, the CTB will pay for your room on Thursday, November 12th through Saturday, November 14th. The CTB will not pay for rooms on the nights of November 11th or November 14th.

All other attendees; WHEN MAKING YOUR RESERVATION MENTION THE KEY WORDS "CORONERS CONFERENCE" as we have a block of rooms held for our group at the state rate of $125.00 plus tax.

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Due to the Marion County COVID restrictions we will not have the Welcome Banquet on Friday night; however, we will provide box lunches all three days. We do have great speakers scheduled such as:

  • Reconstruction (Jason Mishler),
  • Norfolk Southern Railway (Kevin Spitznagel),
  • Hearts Don't Lie! Homicide, Arson & Implanted Medical Devices (Jeff Spaulding),
  • 911 Is the Caller the Killer/Baby Deaths, (Tracy Harpster),
  • Richmond Hill Explosions (Lucas Nickamp),
  • Profiling Teen Killers, School Shooters, Mass Murderers & Serial Killers (Phil Chalmers), and
  • Several Dr. Phil O'Shaughnessy case studies.

The success of this conference will be based on our adherence to the safety standards set by the Marion County Health Department. We understand there may be concerns regarding COVID. Please be assured that the Boards are taking the appropriate steps to ensure your safety while attending the conference and appreciate your anticipated compliance.

Class Times

    • November 12th - 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • November 13th - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • November 14th - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm



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?

In light of on-going developments with COVID-19 and after thoughtful discussions with our Board of Directors we are preparing to move forward with the Dr. David Avolt In-Service Training Conference that will be held November 12-14, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel & Suites, 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis.

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.

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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.

Complete the Vendor/Exhibitor registration form(s) and return to indcoroners@tds.net by October 19, 2020.


Conference Registration


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Completed registration forms must be returned via email to indcoroners@tds.net or postal mail no later than November 1, 2020.

Contact Lisa Barker if you need to register or update an existing registration.

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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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