Is it a Suicide? Or Not?

July 19, 2012
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

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When a family member dies at his or her own hands, it often leaves a trail of unmentionable pain, shame and guilt fostered on the loved ones. Always the question…is it a suicide? Or not? Who decides? What are the determining factors? Can the death have been caused another way? Are their risks in either determination? Enter Dean and Karen Beers to discuss a topic that causes sorrow for so many. Both Dean and Karen are certified in Medicolegal Death Investigations and together they co-developed an on-line continuing education program called “Death Investigation for Private Investigators.”

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Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler’s career as a licensed private investigator includes cases that have sparked media projects. "Unsolved Mysteries" portrayed one of her missing person cases. British author Val McDermid featured her capital case in "A Suitable Job for A Woman" and true crime writer Ann Rule chronicled a case she investigated involving a missing nightclub owner entitled "In The Name Of Love." Francie drew on her investigative and retail experience to create the 3-part video, "Loss Prevention - The Big Picture." International results included an invitation to Moscow, where she spoke to Russian nationals interested in privatization. Francie is the former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator.

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