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Forensic Anthropology Center
Department of Anthropology
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-245-1900
Fax: 512-245-6889
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About Us

The mission of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) is to advance forensic anthropology and related sciences through world-class education, research, and outreach. FACTS is a multifaceted center that encompasses a body donation program, the outdoor Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF), the Osteological Research and Processing Laboratory (ORPL), and the Grady Early Forensic Anthropology Research Laboratory (GEFARL). Click here to learn more about our faculty.

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Operation Identification

Imagine if your loved one disappeared and you did not know what happened to him or her. This is a reality many families of migrants face. To aid in this effort, Dr. Kate Spradley of FACTS started a project called Operation Identification (OpID). The project involves the collaboration of FACTS, Baylor University, University of Indianapolis, Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, Colibri Center, and Facial Images. The goal of OpID is to recover and identify individuals that die crossing into the United States along the Texas border and return the remains to their families. 

This is a volunteer effort and a community service. If you would like more information about the project, please contact Dr. Kate Spradley or visit the Facebook page.




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