On Thursday May 17, at 7:00 p.m. the Friends of the Seaside Library will welcome Forensic Scientist, Dr. Veronica “Nici” Vance, presenting “I dig Your Bones: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology”. The event will take place in the Community and refreshments will be served.

What happens when mysterious human remains are found in the woods? How are bodies identified, even after death and decomposition? Dr. Nici Vance provides a glimpse into the life of bones, bodies, and biological anthropology as she explains how skeletal remains are discovered, recovered, and analyzed for identification purposes. Four years ago there were 60 unidentified remains at the Oregon medical examiner’s office. The oldest had been on a shelf since 1968. Through her love of anthropology, dogged work and the science of DNA, Vance has identified the remains of 12 of the people. “Everybody wants to know where these bones go.” She says. “These bones are somebody’s loved one.”

Dr. Vance is a Forensic Scientist for the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab and the State Forensic Anthropologist for the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. She has a PhD in anatomy and analyzes biological evidence from homicides, assaults and other high profile cases.

The Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway, across from the Swimming Pool. For more information call (503) 738-6742 or visit us at www.seasidelibrary.org and www.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary


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