Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI, began her investigative career in 1996, also earning her Bachelor's in Social Work from Colorado State University (Magna Cum Laude). She is also a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) and certified in Medicolegal Death Investigations. In addition to being a subject matter expert in death investigations, her background, education and experience with victim advocacy and counseling are valuable assets in working with families and victims of traumatic events.
As a death investigator Karen was involved in the investigations of all manners of deaths and incidents, training under three Forensic Pathologists. From 2004-2006 she investigated and assisted with numerous death cases and scenes, and assisted with forensic autopsies.
Full Name, Title, Employer, Agency: -Karen S. Beers, Co-Owner of Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC
Business Address: P.O. Box 200030, Evans, CO - serving northern Colorado and national consultations
Email for contact purposes: email@example.com
Education & Training: Education: AS, BSW, and Medicolegal Death Investigations
Training: Numerous Continuing Education Certifications
Experience: Began working with Dean Beers in 1996 as an assistant, then worked as a death investigator at our local coroner’s office, then went back to the private sector and am now a partner in our investigative business.
Special Certifications and Licenses: Licensed Legal Investigator, Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, Certified in Medicolegal Death Investigations
Specialty and Focus: Equivocal Death Investigation, Personal Injury, Negligence & Death / Serious Bodily Injury in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation
Please describe your most interesting or rewarding case? "There are several cases that have been either and or both interesting and rewarding. Every case is unique, some may seem "routine" until you start digging into the details. It is always rewarding when we can bring some sort of closure for families. Suicide is so heartbreaking and there is never a cut and dried case so to speak with suicide. Finding some answers to help ease the loved ones of the person who committed suicide is rewarding to see them be able to let go of some of the misconceptions and be able to inch their way back into living their lives again. It's a difficult path for the families, but it starts with one foot in the correct direction using the evidence in the case, not the speculations."
Why do you enjoy being an investigator? "I enjoy being an investigator because you can help people by using skills you personally possess such as intelligence, life experiences, intuition and then use your knowledge to be able to decipher the facts of a case. Some people think being an investigator is easy. They watch an episode of CSI or a special on Netflix, then figure it all out by watching the show. What these same individuals do not realize is the show is directing you toward a conclusion without giving you all the facts. It takes an unbiased, intelligent mind to see and work through pages and pages of information to find the facts in the mix of all the opinions and fiction in a case."
What does it mean to be a board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator to you? "You can assure your clients of the highest integrity, skill and background in the fact finding investigative component in the defense. Finding the facts in any case is of utmost importance."
Fun fact Hobbies, interests, etc : "I enjoy my grandchildren - they are still young enough that I can act like a kid and they think it's funny. My weakness is game playing, but something I enjoy. I like to draw/paint and anything artistic/creative to include singing and writing, when I can make the time to do so. I also enjoy exercising. "