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 Air Force Airman First Class who was listed as a deserter for 43 years has been located. The skull of Rudy Redd Victor was found in 1982, a short distance...
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6.23.2017
1:41pm
The shooter of the congressional baseball practice carried a list with the names of six members of Congress at the time of his attack—and shortly before...
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6.22.2017
12:44pm
The preliminary conclusion in a woman's violent death was that she had been killed in a gruesome way: by use of a riding reel lawn mower. But the detailed...
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6.21.2017
12:09pm
The moment of truth for a notorious suspected “chameleon” serial killer in 2002 came when his fingerprints matched his identity from more than a decade before...
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6.20.2017
5:36pm
The University of New Haven has set up what it envisions to be the major hub to connect cyber forensics teams the world over: the Artifact Genome Project....
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6.20.2017
12:37pm
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Firearms are the third-leading cause of death of U.S. children, taking approximately 1,300 lives annually and injuring another 6,000 each year. More than half...
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6.19.2017
12:09pm
When investigating a burglary, is it necessary to do a full comparison of dozens of latent prints left on a doorknob by the homeowner, their children and their...
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6.16.2017
1:22pm
The skeleton of a child was found in a blue metal box in 1976, in the basement storage area of an upstate New York apartment complex. Now, thanks to a new...
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6.15.2017
12:22pm
The latest two-step method of analyzing the chemical makeup of latent fingerprints would involve laser ablation, vacuum capture and mass spectrometry—a...
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6.14.2017
12:44pm
Hundreds of pages of forms, narratives, sketches, notes and other documentation all go into a response to a major crime. A new software program proposes to...
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6.13.2017
12:23pm
Four major scientific organizations have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to institute an independent committee to look at the “scientific and technical...
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6.12.2017
10:38am
Texas is the first state to pass a law that would establish a wide array of rape kit reforms—including mandatory testing, an annual statewide audit and a...
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6.9.2017
12:39pm
James Comey, the ex-FBI director who was fired last month by President Donald Trump, documented each conversation and phone call with the president due to...
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6.8.2017
12:07pm
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A prisoner and his fiancée have pleaded guilty to running a taxi service for federal inmates to make short escapes from a prison—forays which involved trips to...
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6.7.2017
12:21pm
Cops pulling over motorists speak differently to black and white motorists, according to a new study of nearly 1,000 traffic stops, analyzed by artificial...
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6.6.2017
12:20pm
The scientific look into disciplines from blood spatter to drug testing, from fingerprints and odontology to futuristic facial recognition, continues among the...
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6.5.2017
2:55pm
The 29th annual National Homicide Investigators Association conference, in Florida in mid-November, will feature an array of experts who can offer experience...
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6.5.2017
12:38pm
Thousands of political prisoners in Iran were shot and dumped in mass graves over the summer of 1988. Now the current regime in the country is planning to...
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6.1.2017
1:26pm
Discord over crime scene investigation in Houston continues. It appears the divide will result in an all-civilian crime scene unit in America’s fourth-largest...
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5.31.2017
12:34pm
A Houston police officer’s work on the city’s crime scene unit was flagged for a series of errors in dozens of cases. Now the Houston Forensic Science Center...
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5.30.2017
12:17pm
In China, the government has forged ahead in building what is apparently the most massive genetic database in the world. Authorities have been collecting DNA...
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5.26.2017
12:39pm
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A new study finds that bones could contribute their own protein palette to forensic investigations of the future. The research team found that the best...
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5.25.2017
12:39pm
Scientists at Sam Houston State University have completed one of the most thorough looks into the nitty-gritty workings of the illicit drugs known as "...
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5.24.2017
12:34pm
The suicide bomber who killed 22 and injured 59 with an improvised explosive device at a pop concert in Manchester last night died in the blast. But the...
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5.23.2017
11:43am
A nationwide Blue Alert network has been rolled out by federal agencies. Like an Amber Alert for cops, the Blue Alert is intended to warn of specific suspects...
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5.22.2017
11:41am
A crucial $1 million in funding from the federal National Institute of Justice was removed earlier this year, and state and local agencies can no longer get...
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5.19.2017
12:44pm
The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) is asking for public comment on three new standards. The data format for biometrics...
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5.18.2017
12:37pm
A massive murder investigation that involved more than 15,000 DNA samples to catch the killer of a 13-year-old Italian girl was awarded the “DNA Database Hit...
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5.17.2017
11:18am
Shortly after the turn of the millennium, a strange phenomenon started. The tropical forests of some Central American countries began disappearing at an ever-...
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5.17.2017
10:17am
Improvised explosive devices (IED) like pipe bombs are the weapon for choice for some terrorists and lone-wolf attackers who want to wreak havoc while keeping...
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5.16.2017
12:27pm
CODIS was set up nearly 30 years ago with an eye toward making it an exacting identification system based on 13 markers. A new paper demonstrates that the 13...
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5.15.2017
3:28pm
A former guard at a Kentucky jail was convicted of federal counts in the beating death of a pretrial detainee, authorities announced. William Curtis Howell...
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5.15.2017
12:23pm
The New Jersey State Police are hoping to solve some of the state's missing persons cases through a special upcoming event. “Missing in New Jersey”...
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5.12.2017
12:17pm
What compels a stalker to pick out a victim, follow or harass them, and continually contact them? And what gives the stalker the recklessness to continue to...
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5.11.2017
12:26pm
The Department of Justice has asked for public comment on the state of forensic science in the United States, following the disbanding of the National...
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5.10.2017
12:33pm
The Serial Street Shooter, who terrorized the city of Phoenix for months by shooting at people on the streets at night, has been caught, authorities said....
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5.9.2017
12:06pm
Four years ago, teams doing some minor roadwork at the University of Mississippi Medical Center found 66 coffins from the era of the former Mississippi State...
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5.8.2017
12:03pm
A new deep dive into the DNA of the hundreds of nameless dead who have died from heat, exposure or even homicide while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border,...
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5.4.2017
11:44am
Fourteen analysts undergoing a crash course in DNA forensics at the National Forensic Science Technology Center in Florida could represent the beginning of a...
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5.3.2017
12:23pm