Betsy James Cooper

Forensic Artist and Private Investigator

Betsy's Bio

  
~VANISHED ~
Mysterious stories of the
MISSING
Betsy James Cooper

Betsy James Cooper is a Forensic Artist and a Private Investigator. Cooper attended the
University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Through the Dental department
she developed a unique curriculum for her forensic studies. Her courses ranged from
Forensic Pathology and Anthropology to studies in Criminal Investigation.
In 1987, the Bexar County Forensic Science Center contracted Cooper’s services to assist in
the identification of their John Doe cases. To release this information to the public Cooper
published a monthly column titled “Unidentified Person”.
Cooper is a contributing member of San Antonio Police Department’s Cold Case Unit
working unsolved murder cases. As a Forensic Artist, she performs a variety
of art services to aid in the apprehension of criminal offenders. Some of these services
include composite drawings, three-dimensional facial reconstructions, two-dimensional
reconstructions, age progression of wanted fugitives and image enhancement. Cooper’s
artwork has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. She has worked with “Unsolved
Mysteries” and her cases have been featured on “America’s Most Wanted” and the “Oprah
Winfrey Show.”
In 2006, Cooper trained officials from the government of Kuwait to assist in the
identification of over 600 bodies that were discovered in a genocide grave site in Iraq as a
result of Desert Storm.

In 2010 Cooper became Co-Founder of the non-profit organization “Can You Identify Me?”
She quickly learned that there are over 40,000 cases of unidentified human remains and on
any given day there are as many as 100,000 active missing person cases in the United States.
This phenomenon is what experts are calling a “Silent Mass Disaster”.
Join Betsy for a presentation that will take you into the mysterious world of the missing.
What has happened to all these people?

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