Elizabeth Ortiz being interviewed. Courtesy photo
A Medicolegal Death Investigator from the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office has headed to Oaxaca, Mexico to teach child death investigations to crime scene investigators and criminologists.
Elizabeth Ortiz, who is bilingual and fluent in Spanish, is teaching a group of professional criminologists at the Forensic Institute of Investigations, Latin America (Forense de Investigaciones Latinoamerica) in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Ortiz will conduct her teaching in Spanish, as well as translating for other instructors from throughout the U.S.
“I cannot express how honored I am to have been chosen to represent Arapahoe County at the 13th International Congressional Meeting for Criminologists and Forensic Sciences,” stated Ortiz. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share my knowledge in my native language about how to investigate child deaths.”
Ortiz worked for the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office from 1992-1999 as a Pathologist assistant. She returned to the county in 2006 as a medicolegal death investigator. In 2013, she graduated from Regis University with a Master’s Degree in criminology. Ortiz now investigates all unattended deaths in Arapahoe County and makes death announcements on site when there is no physician present. She also teaches child death investigations to local law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado.
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