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LSU Faces director Mary Manhein to retire

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, January 21 2015 Jan 21, 2015 January 21, 2015 9:38 AM January 21, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - After more than three decades as a forensic expert who ran the LSU FACES Lab and gained the nickname "The Bone Lady," Mary Manhein announced plans to retire from LSU later this spring.

Manhein said her retirement would be effective April 30, and that it was time to turn the reins over to a new generation.

"It has been the most amazing ride," Manhein said. "In my youth, I could never have imagined such a career."

Manhein serves as director of both the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services, or FACES, Laboratory, as well as the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing Persons Information Program. She's assisted law enforcement across the nation with forensic investigations and identification of unknown bodies.

Manhein has also consulted on mass disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Isaac; Shell Oil and Exxon explosions and resultant fires; and multiple, high-profile serial killer cases.

Manhein said the most rewarding part of her job has been working with the families of victims and with resolving cold cases of unidentified persons.

"It is such a wonderful reward to help these families find their loved ones, to help these families get some peace," Manhein said. "I feel as though I have made a contribution that means something ... I've had so many opportunities in this world and this is just what I can do to give back to my community."

Plans for interim director and the search process for the next director of the FACES Lab are still being discussed.

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