Seth Augenstein
Senior Science Writer

Seth Augenstein is a reporter for Forensic and Laboratory Equipment magazines. He spent a decade as a reporter at New Jersey newspapers, most recently at The Star-Ledger. He has interviewed people at crime scenes, in prisons, from hospital bedsides, within operating rooms, inside laboratories, standing in flood waters, cringing outside four-alarm fires, and in many dirty kitchens and quiet living rooms. He has won numerous state press association awards for his work. He is also a fiction writer.

An accredited forensic document examiners’ association has filed a libel suit over a law journal article which it says defamed its members’ professionalism....
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2.27.2017
12:23pm
The Amazon Echo voice-responsive device in the home where a body was found floating in a hot tub may be a potential witness to the homicide. But Amazon has...
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2.24.2017
12:13pm
As the search for the killer of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and her friend Liberty German, 14, continues, authorities have publicly released one of their key...
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2.23.2017
11:44am
The National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) is the first federal agency to weigh in on the direction of the “forensic overhaul” in the Trump era. The...
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2.22.2017
12:03pm
The San Diego Police Department is keeping its own database of local juveniles’ DNA, separate from repositories at the state and federal level. An ACLU lawsuit...
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2.21.2017
12:11pm
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A National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reconstruction of the face of an unidentified teen, who committed suicide in the woods of western North...
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2.17.2017
3:55pm
The search for flight MH370, still missing for nearly three years, was called off last month by investigators from multiple countries. Now, the forensic...
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2.16.2017
12:39pm
Emails stored on servers beyond U.S. borders are still subject to searches domestically, according to a recent court decision. The federal magistrate sided...
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2.15.2017
12:27pm
Retiring Captain Roxane Gruenheid of the Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California recalls her role in bringing "chameleon" killer Lawrence Vanner...
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2.13.2017
5:17pm
The new administration of President Donald Trump should focus the pledge to “restore safety in America” on key, proven policies to focus law enforcement’s...
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2.13.2017
12:36pm
President Donald Trump told law enforcement officials during meetings this week that he would support them with resources from the federal government, crack...
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2.9.2017
12:15pm
A $90 million crime lab was built in 2012 with the promise of improving forensic services throughout Alaska. However, a newly released audit finds that no...
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2.8.2017
12:32pm
A little girl named Lisa had been abandoned in 1986 at an RV park by a drifter. The man who abandoned her was later arrested for killing and dismembering a...
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2.7.2017
11:44am
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Two men who served decades behind bars for a brutal 1989 gang rape have both been released and exonerated, based on complex DNA mixture interpretation. The...
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2.6.2017
12:33pm
A Brooklyn man has been arrested and charged in the brutal death of a young female jogger on a Queens beach last summer. Chanel R. Lewis, 20, was charged with...
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2.6.2017
10:59am
Two months after her abandoned car was found on a bridge on the Jersey Shore, 19-year-old Sarah Stern has still not been found. But now two of her associates...
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2.3.2017
12:43pm
A year ago, it would take an average of 110 days to process a cellphone or other digital evidence at the Houston Forensic Science Center. Now that average has...
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2.2.2017
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A 23-year-old Florida man whose radicalization and allegiance to the Islamic State was discovered through Facebook was convicted by a federal jury of plotting...
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2.1.2017
12:03pm
Alcohol abuse and firearm violence have been linked in a long list of academic and population studies. But a new study links DUI offenses with later violent...
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1.31.2017
11:54am
South Dakota recently finished testing all the rape kits in a backlog of unexamined evidence accumulated over years, but this success is only part of the...
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1.30.2017
11:53am
The Bear Brook Murders, one of the most infamous cold cases in American history, was broken open today by investigators. But in a strange twist, they have the...
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1.26.2017
1:08pm
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The Netherlands is about to break ground for the first time in Europe. A parcel of land that is 500 square meters will be the site of shallow burials of bodies...
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1.25.2017
4:17pm
“American carnage” plagues our cities – and will be stopped, President Donald Trump announced during his inauguration speech last Friday. This week, he took to...
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1.25.2017
11:49am
South Dakota announced earlier this month they have eliminated their rape kit backlog of 504 untested kits from years past. About half – 254 kits – yielded...
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1.23.2017
12:40pm
Thousands of drug cases in Massachusetts may have to be dismissed due to the criminal negligence of a drug analyst at a forensic laboratory. The analyst served...
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1.20.2017
12:07pm
A recent study showed that viewers were 10 percent more likely to perceive the object in a black person's hand as a gun during systole - the phase of the...
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1.19.2017
12:30pm
Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence officer who was convicted of leaking military and intelligence secrets to WikiLeaks, will be released early this year,...
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1.18.2017
11:19am
Three crime scene unit leaders from the NYPD have written a book titled "Crime Scene Unit Management: A Path Forward," recently published by...
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1.17.2017
11:53am
The flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people aboard. Nearly three years later, the joint...
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1.17.2017
10:28am
A clip-on tie is now a crucial new lead in the hunt for the infamous D.B. Cooper, the only successful skyjacker, who has eluded authorities for more than 45...
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1.16.2017
10:24am
Cellebrite, the Israel-based mobile and digital forensics giant, was itself a victim of a security information breach, the company announced today.
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1.12.2017
11:46am
Police officers feel their role is under attack in popular opinion – and they feel a very real danger while on the job, according to a new study by the Pew...
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1.12.2017
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Last month, the city of Detroit heralded a milestone: a massive 65,000-light LED replacement project is now complete. Intersections, major streets and even...
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1.11.2017
12:33pm
The popular online classifieds site Backpage has removed all its adult content, despite successfully fighting criminal pimping charges against three of the...
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1.10.2017
10:40am
A hyper-sensitive microscope detecting chemicals down to a single micron could have a future use scanning crowds and baggage at airports and other high-...
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1.9.2017
11:35am
FBI examiners had presented scientifically-flawed hair-follicle analysis at criminal cases nationwide for multiple decades, occasionally resulting in innocent...
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1.6.2017
11:48am
A couple were gunned down by an intruder in their North Carolina home in the early hours of Feb. 4, 2012. The teenaged daughter had seen the hooded gunman,...
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1.5.2017
4:45pm
Candice Bridge, a University of Central Florida chemist, is working on developing a new tool which could assess condom lubricants to help forensically connect...
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1.4.2017
11:15am
The middle-aged man lived a solitary life, working as a security guard on the night shift in the Pacific Northwest. Never married and with no children, for a...
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1.3.2017
12:33pm