FACES Laboratory

The LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory provides forensic anthropology and forensic imaging services to agencies within Louisiana.

The Department of Geography and Anthropology has been offering forensic anthropology services since the late 1970's, with a formal lab being established in the Howe-Russell Geosciences Complex East in the 1990's. Our founder, Mary Manhein, established the FACES Lab in cooperation with Louisiana State University and the State of Louisiana in order to offer expanded services to law enforcement and Coroner's offices. 

The FACES Lab offers services such as recovery of remains and assistance in identification, forensic facial reconstruction, DNA collection, inclusion and maintenance of cases in the state repository database, trainings for law enforcement, and so much more. 

Our lab works diligently, with the assistance of professional staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students, to provide as much help as possible in the locating of missing persons and identification of unidentified persons so loved ones of these individuals are able to get the help they need.

If you are an individual or law enforcement agency in need of our services, please contact us.