Announcements & News

October 2011

Marshall University faculty provide training on digital forensics to West Virginia arson investigators

Marshall University faculty provided digital forensics training to arson investigators at the West Virginia Fire Investigation Conference sponsored by the West Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Marshall University Forensic Science Center; John Sammons, assistant professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Department; and Margaret Phipps Brown, Esq., professor of Criminal Justice, were featured speakers on Monday, Oct. 3, at the two-day conference in Beckley. Continuing education credits were available to eligible participants.

Fenger discussed the identification of digital evidence and data recovery from destroyed or damaged digital evidence, and provided an overview of digital forensic capacities within West Virginia. Sammons, who also is director of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence, covered investigative procedures in analyzing digital evidence. Brown addressed search and seizure laws that govern digital evidence. She is an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Cabell County Prosecutor's Office.

The instructors collaborate as part of an agenda to increase awareness about digital forensics and digital forensic evidence and its impact on the criminal justice system, Fenger said. Continuing education and informational presentations are provided routinely to stakeholders including arson and criminal investigators, law enforcement, attorneys and judges.

The conference concluded Tuesday, Oct. 4.



  • Mary Thomasson
  • Public Information Officer

  • Marshall University
    Forensic Science Center
  • 1401 Forensic Science Drive
  • Huntington, WV 25701