Human Donation Program

    The identification of unknown and missing persons is critical to the families of the missing and the community. In cases of homicide, murders cannot be solved unless the victim is first identified. Methods for locating burials, identifying unknown persons, and establishing the timeline from when a person went missing can be critical to solving cases and prosecuting offenders.

    Forensic Anthropology is a field that studies the human skeleton to aid law enforcement, medical examiners, and death investigations. In doing so, an anthropologist can help determine the biological profile (age, sex, ancestry, and stature) of an unknown person, as well as help to figure out the time since death, injuries or trauma, and the manner of death, all of which play an integral part in homicide and missing person cases. Research on human skeletal remains helps validate the methods used in forensic anthropology and provides new tools for investigators.

    The objectives of this program are to document and study postmortem change in human remains, conduct research in the areas of forensic medicine, anthropology and related sciences around this topic (i.e. geoforensics, toxicology, entomology, etc.), and to provide training in outdoor crime scene methods involving human victims.

    Body Donation Fact Sheet
    Facility Q and A

    If you would like to make a donation, please feel free to contact the program coordinator:

    Kelsee Hentschel-Fey, M.A.
    Body Donation Program Coordinator
    Anthropology Dept.
    University of South Florida
    4202 E. Fowler Ave., SOC 107
    Tampa, FL 33620-8100 USA
    t: 813.974.4219 | f: 813.974.2668
    Email: khentschel@mail.usf.edu