Dr. Gary L. Bell graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1976 and has maintained a General Dental Practice in the Seattle area since that time. He has been a member of the Seattle Police Department Reserve Unit since 1971, where he worked in the Patrol Division until he began his forensic training in 1979. Since 1979, he has been assigned to assist in forensic investigations for the Crimes Against Persons Division. In 1983, Dr. Bell developed one of the first written protocols for the dental participants in a Mass Disaster response effort. This protocol has been used by numerous States for the formation of their dental teams. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology in 1986 and is one of 108 certified forensic dentists in the United States and Canada. In 1989, he was selected to fill the volunteer position of Forensic Advisor to the Washington State Patrol’s Missing/Unidentified Persons Unit. Over the years of his involvement with missing and unidentified persons he has encouraged and assisted many other States with the development of central repositories for information regarding missing and unidentified persons. He has worked with the Criminal Justice Information Services division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and aided them in the improvement of the National Crime Information Center’s response to missing and unidentified persons issues. He is also one of three dental consultants working for the U.S. Army’s Casualty and Mortuary Affairs division and reviews the identification of recovered remains from the Vietnam, Korean, WWII and Cold War conflicts. He is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology and has held the offices of Director, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President Elect and President of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology, Member of the Washington State Dental Association’s Dental Identification Team and Member of the Seattle/King County Dental Society’s Forensic Committee.

Education

1968 Graduated Wenatchee High School – Wenatchee, Washington

1971 Completed Seattle Police Reserve Academy – Seattle, Washington

1972 Graduated University of Washington – BA in Sociology – Seattle, Washington

1976 Graduated University of Washington School of Dentistry – Doctor of Dental Surgery, Seattle, Washington

1979 Certificate of Completion Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Forensic Dentistry Course Washington, D.C.

1982 Certificate of Completion Northwestern University – Bitemark Evidence: Detection, Preservation and Analysis – Chicago, Illinois

1983 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Cincinnati, Ohio

Certificate of Completion Oregon Health Sciences University – Forensic Dentistry Course, Portland, Oregon

Certificate of Completion Northwestern University – Bitemark Case Management and Presentation of Evidence – Chicago Illinois

1984 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Anaheim, California

Certificate of Completion Northwestern University – Update Course: Bitemark Evidence: Detection, Preservation and Analysis – Chicago, Illinois

1985 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Las Vegas, Nevada

Completed Postgraduate Preceptorship in Forensic Sciences – Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon

Certificate of Completion Northwestern University – Bitemark Case Management and Legal Considerations – Chicago, Illinois

1986 Attendance at the American Dental Association’s Symposium on Dentistry’s Role and Responsibility in Mass Disaster Identification – Chicago, Illinois

Successfully Completed the American Board of Forensic Odontology’s Certification Examination, Montreal, Canada

Certificate of Completion Northwestern University – Update Course: Bitemark Case Management and Legal Considerations – Chicago, Illinois

1987 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – San Diego, California

Completed Course on CAPMI (Computer Aided Postmortem Identification) Program, Phoenix, Arizona

1988 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Completed Death Investigation Course – University of Washington/King County Medical Examiner’s Office – Seattle, Washington

Completed West Coast Seminar – “Forensic Science Entering the 21st Century” – Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office, Anaheim, California

1989 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Las Vegas, Nevada

1990 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences -Cincinnati, Ohio

Completed FBI’s Symposium on Mass Disasters and Crime Scene Reconstruction, Quantico, Virginia

1991 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences -Anaheim, California

1992 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – New Orleans, Louisiana

1993 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Boston, Massachusetts

Multiple Fatality Incident Seminar – Seattle, Washington

Current Status of Forensic Odontology and Mass Disaster Identification – University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

1994 ABFO Bitemark Workshop #2 – San Antonio, Texas

Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – San Antonio, Texas

1995 ABFO Scientific Evidence in the Courtroom Presentation – Seattle, Washington

Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Seattle, Washington

Multiple Fatality Incident Seminar – Seattle, Washington

1996 Washington State Dental Association’s Scientific Session – Mass Disaster Dental Identification Team Training Program, Seattle, WA.

1997 ABFO Bitemark Workshop #3 – New York, New York

Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – New York, New York

1998 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – San Francisco, California

1999 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Orlando, Florida

ABFO Bitemark Workshop #4 – Orlando, Florida

Advances in Personal Identification in Mass Disasters Conference – Honolulu, HI – Sponsored by The United States Army Central Identification Laboratory and The Smithsonian Institution

Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office Quarterly Training – Everett, WA

2000 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Reno, NV

2001 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Seattle, WA

American Dental Association/American Board of Forensic Odontology Forensic Dentistry Conference – Chicago, Illinois

2002 Scientific Session of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Atlanta, GA

2002 ABFO Bitemark Workshop – Atlanta, GA

ORGANIZATIONS, MEMBERSHIP STATUS & OFFICES HELD

Owner, General Dental Practice – 1976 to present

Member, American Dental Association – 1976 to present

Member, Washington State Dental Association – 1976 to present

Vice Chairman, Mass Disaster Dental Identification Team – 1984 to 1985

Chairman, Mass Disaster Dental Identification Team -1985 to 1991

Co-Chairman, Mass Disaster Dental Identification Team – 1991 to 2002

Member, Seattle/King County Dental Association – 1976 to present

Chairman, Forensic Committee – 1984 to 1986

Chairman, Forensic Committee – 1991 to 1997

Reserve Police Officer, Seattle Police Department – 1971 to present

Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences – 1979 to present

Member, American Society of Forensic Odontology – 1979 to present

Member, Pacific Northwest Forensic Study Group – 1984 to present

Secretary – 1984 to 1991

Vice Chairman – 1991 to 2001

Dental Consultant, Connecticut General Insurance Company – 1984 to 1986

Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Odontology – 1986 to present

Director – 1988 to 1991

Treasurer – 1989 to 1990

Secretary – 1990 to 1992

Vice President – 1992 to 1993

President-Elect – 1993 to 1994

President – 1994 to 1995

Member, Bitemark and Patterned Injury Committee 1994 to present

Chairman – 1994 to 1995, 1997 to 1999

Co-Chairman – 1996 to 1997

Member, Missing and Unidentified Persons Committee – 1994 to present

Chairman – 1998 to present

Member, Certification and Examination Committee – 1996 to 2001

Chairman – 1999 to 2000

Chairman, Nomination Committee – 1996 to 1997

Forensic Dental Advisor, Washington State Patrol’s Missing/Unidentified Persons Unit – 1989 to present

Member, Dental Coding Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services Division – 1997 to present

Forensic Consultant, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, 1997 to present

AGENCIES FOR WHICH I HAVE PROVIDED FORENSIC SERVICES

Adler, Giersch, and Read Law Offices, Seattle, Washington

Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska State District Attorney’s Office, Juneau, Alaska

Alaska State Medical Examiner’s Office, Anchorage, Alaska

Ralph A. Alfieri, Attorney at Law, Seattle, Washington

Anacortes Police Department, Anacortes, Washington

Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage, Alaska

Bellingham Police Department, Bellingham, Washington

British Columbia Coroner’s Office, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Byrnes & Keller Law Offices, Seattle, Washington

Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Vancouver, Washington

Contra Costa County, Martinez, California

Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office, Kelso, Washington

The Dalles Police Department, The Dalles, Oregon

Thomas E. Doyle, Attorney at Law, Olympia, Washington

Everett Police Department, Everett, Washington

Franklin County Coroner, Pasco, Washington

Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department, Montesano, Washington

Bernt A. Hansen, Attorney at Law, McMinnville, Oregon

Richard Hawk, Pittsburg, California

David Headley, Attorney at Law, Berkeley, California

Island County Coroner’s Office, Coupeville, Washington

Karr, Tuttle, Koch, Campbell, Mawer & Morrow, Law Offices, Seattle, Washington

Mr. Kim Kruglick, Attorney at Law, Mill Valley, California

King County Medical Examiner’s Office, Seattle, Washington

King County Police Department, Seattle, Washington

King County Prosecutor’s Office, Seattle, Washington

Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, Port Orchard, Washington

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Port Orchard, Washington

Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, Ellensburg, Washington

Lane County District Attorney’s Office, Eugene, Oregon

Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Salem, Oregon

Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Salem, Oregon

Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Shelton, Washington

New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire

North Slope borough Police Department, Barrow, Alaska

Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Tacoma, Washington

Port of Seattle Police Department, Seattle, Washington

Salem Police Department, Salem, Oregon

Sanoma County Public Defender’s Office, Santa Rosa, California

Seattle Police Department, Seattle, Washington

Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office, Mount Vernon, Washington

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Vernon, Washington

Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, Everett, Washington

Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, Everett, Washington

Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office, Billings, Montana

Thurston County Coroner’s Office, Olympia, Washington

University of Washington Police Department, Seattle, Washington

US Army, Casualty and Memorial Affairs Division, CILHI, Hawaii

Wasco County District Attorney’s Office, The Dalles, Oregon

Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, Olympia, Washington

Washington State Patrol, Missing/Unidentified Persons Unit, Olympia, Washington

Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office, Bellingham, Washington

TRAINING & INFORMATION PROGRAMS PRESENTED

Bite Mark Evidence Detection and Preservation

Mass Disaster Management

Forensic Information Transmission System

The Use of CAPMI4 For Missing/Unidentified Persons Issues

Missing In America, Establishment of State and Regional Dental Repositories and Protocols

Computer Aided Identification Systems – History, Current Status and Future Concepts

Computer Generated Superimposition Techniques for Identification

Dental Coding for CAPMI4, WinID2 and NCIC – Practical Excercise

TESTIFIED AS AN EXPERT WITNESS IN THE FOLLOWING STATES

Alaska

Bite Mark Cases = 2 Trials

Identification Case = 1 Grand Jury, 2 Trials

California

Bite Mark Cases = 2 Trials

Oregon

Bite Mark Case = 1 Trial

Patterned Injury = 1 Trial

Washington

Bite Mark Cases = 7 Trials

Identification Cases = 7 Trials

Civil Case Depositions = 2

ESTIMATED NUMBER ACTUAL FORENSIC CASES ANALYZED

Bite Mark Cases = >60 cases

Patterned Injury Cases = 3 cases

Identification Cases = >400 positive identification cases

(Over 3000 Missing persons dental records reviewed)

(Over 250 Unidentified persons dental records reviewed)

Personal Injury or Professional Liability Cases = 8 cases