Chuck Heurich

National Institute of Justice

Chuck began his career in forensics by spending 3 years as a crime scene technician in Baltimore City where he processed over 2000 crime scenes.  He then spent almost 12 years with the Montgomery County (MD) Crime Lab as a Forensic Scientist in the Forensic Biology Unit performing DNA analysis and a Forensic Specialist 2 in the Forensic Services Section processing crime scenes, chemically enhancing latent fingerprints, and enhancing digital images.  He is currently the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction, DNA Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement, Solving Cold Cases with DNA, Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting (SAFE-ITR), Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing programs, and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) program for which he was awarded the 2011 Samuel Hayman Service to America Medal in Justice and Law Enforcement.  He is also very active in the DNA, cold case, and missing persons communities.