NEWARK, Ohio, February 6, 2017 – A Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) forensic science graduate recently appeared in an episode of The First 48 on A&E television. Elizebeth Coldwell is currently an investigator with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the state of Oklahoma.
"The show was following one of the local police departments," said Coldwell. "I happened to be the investigator for the state medical examiner's office on the scene of the crime."
The episode chronicled a murder investigation in Tulsa, Oklahoma in December 2015. Jeromy Ingram was found shot to death in a vehicle outside a hotel.
"I was just there doing my job," said Coldwell.
Coldwell graduated from COTC in June 2007 and moved to Oklahoma with her husband to be closer to his family. She has been working for the medical examiner's office since March 2008.
"My job is to basically be the eyes and ears in the field for our forensic pathologists. The investigators in our office photograph scenes, talk to law enforcement and families, as well as obtain records from medical facilities and law enforcement," said Coldwell. "I like being part of a group of people who work to give families answers about their loved one's death."
Coldwell graduated from Lakewood High School in Hebron in 1996 and started her degree at COTC when she was 25 years old. It was a decision that she believes changed her life.
"Earning my degree in forensics and almost completing a secondary associate degree in criminal justice gave me enough of a background in the criminal justice field to be hired initially as a pathology assistant with the medical examiner's office," said Coldwell. "I was a pathology assistant for two years before becoming an investigator."
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.