Graham S. Hetrick, MS, L.F.D.

Graham S Hetrick

Dauphin County Coroner, Board Certified Forensic Examiner, Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator

Special Guest Speaker

Graham Hetrick is a subject matter expert on drug abuse, child death and child abuse, organ tissue donation, violent crimes, medical legal death investigation, forensic methodology, and the grieving process. He has advanced training in blood pattern analysis, crime scene management, forensic sculpting, and shallow grave recovery.

Graham advises the news media and consults attorneys on the investigative process for cases facing litigation. He lectures widely on forensic autopsy, crime scene management, and critical thinking within the investigative process. He is an adjunct professor of forensics and human anatomy at Harrisburg University School of Science and Technology.

Over the last 35 years Graham has written and lectured on grief and loss recovery to the medical community, hospice groups and loss recovery organizations. He is also a motivational speaker for students and troubled youth who are trying to get control of their lives through a speech entitled “Doors.” Graham’s upcoming book explores improving the relationship between forensic evidence collection and organ tissue donation. His case studies are featured on the Investigation Discovery (ID) channel in THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, now in its third season.

Graham has served as the Dauphin County Pennsylvania Coroner since 1990. During his time there, he has supervised investigations of over 600 homicide cases, supervised the certification of over 13,000 deaths. He has also supervised the Forensic Science Internship Program for over six colleges and universities.

Since 2005, Graham, as an adjunct Professor of Forensics, teaches Crime Scene Investigation, Medical Legal Investigation, Introduction to Forensic Science, Forensic Case Studies, Human Anatomy, and Forensic Taphonomy & Human Identification.

Graham is the president of  the La Voz Latina Central, a bilingual newspaper serving six Central PA counties. He has been the president for the past seventeen years.

He grew up above a funeral home, with his father being the founder and owner of the Hetrick Funeral home in Harrisburg, Pa. and, from 1975 – 2003, Graham held the position of President and CEO of the family business, where he managed operations and developed after-care programs. The Hetrick Funeral Home is one of the first funeral establishments in Pennsylvania  to introduce funeral prearrangement.

In 2013, Graham was co-developer and consultant for Graham of Evidence, a TV pilot produced by A&E.

Graham’s educational background includes:

Master of Science in Psychology, Capella University
York College of Pennsylvania, B.A. in European History and Biology 1973
American Academy of Forensic Science Conferences, 1993-94, 2017
Cincinnati Institute of Art, Advanced Facial Reconstruction 1995

Gunshot and Stab Wounds Seminar, 1994 Saint Louis School of Medicine
Messiah College Teacher Certification Courses, 1972
Northwestern University, Blood Stain Evidence Workshop, 1995, 1998, 1999
Oklahoma University, Blood Pattern Analysis, 2002
Pennsylvania State Police, Medicolegal Death Investigation, 1989
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, graduate, 1973
Polytek Basic and Advanced Mold Making and Casting courses, 1994-1996
St. Louis School of Medicine, Medicolegal Investigation, Basic, 1990
St. Louis School of Medicine, Medicolegal Investigation, Masters, 1991
University of Texas, Forensic Facial Reconstruction, 1992
Certified Medical Investigator III testing by the American College of Medical Examiners 2004
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Anthropology Course, 2005
University of Tennessee, Studies in Taphonomy, 2014 & 2016


United States Army Service, 1965-1968

Provost Marshall Investigator, Baden Baden District, Germany,1967-1968

  • Attached to the 52ndC.I.D. Criminal Investigation Division
  • Processed all types of criminal cases, from simple assault to murder
  • Investigated cases, collected crime scene evidence, apprehended criminals


  • Commendation by Mayor Stephen Reed of Harrisburg, Dillon Serial Murders
  • Commendation by Swatara Police Department, Joe Miller Multiple Homicide Investigation
  • Forth Degree Black Belt, Isshinryu Karate, 2004
  • Mu Sigma Alpha Award for Academic Proficiency, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, 1973
  • Others Award Recipient, Salvation Army, 2018


American College of Forensic Examiners, Diplomatic Member
Susquehanna Lion’s Club, Susquehanna Township

Attorney General’s Child Abuse Board

Pennsylvania Coroner’s Association

Critical Incidence Stress Management Peer Debriefer, with NYPD at Ground Zero

Dauphin County Child Death Review Board

Int’l Association of Bloodstain Analysis

Int’l Association for Identification

Colonial Park Rotary Club

Pennsylvania Council on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

National Hospice Association

Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association

Former member and Chairman of the Board of Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

Former member of the Muscular/Skeletal Transplantation Foundation

Former Chairman of Dauphin County Hospital Authority


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