Director of LSU’s forensic laboratory to retire

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Mary Manhein
Mary Manhein

BATON ROUGE — Mary Manhein, the longtime director of LSU’s forensic laboratory who has been involved in hundreds of cases to identify human remains, will retire this spring.

In a news release Wednesday, Manhein said she was ready to hand off control of the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services lab to a new generation of scientists.

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She says the most rewarding part of her more than 30 years of work was in resolving “cold cases” of missing or unidentified people. Manhein helped create a database of missing people in Louisiana, initiating a bill at the Louisiana Legislature to create the system.

The Advocate reports Manhein will retire April 30. She says she plans to spend more time writing, visiting family, traveling and “contemplating a new career.”

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