FBI Agent Michael J. Hochrein, Ret.
Michael J. Hochrein retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in 2018, after more than 29 years as a Special Agent. Between 1988 and 2003, Agent Hochrein was assigned to the St. Louis, Missouri Field Office of the F.B.I. From 2003 until his retirement, Agent Hochrein was assigned to the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Pittsburgh Field Division located near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In his capacity as a Special Agent, he participated in the investigations of matters ranging from violent crimes, financial and government fraud, as well as child pornography. Former Agent Hochrein was a member of the F.B.I.’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) Program since its initiation in the mid1990s. Within that program he helped in the development of its total station, or digital mapping, program. He also assisted State and Local Law Enforcement in the documentation of numerous crime scenes.
As a certified police instructor in various topics related to the collection of evidence and management of complex crime scenes, Mike developed and conducted training for local, state, and federal law enforcement as well as medico-legal practitioners and academic audiences ranging from high school to graduate school. He is currently an adjunct professor in La Roche University’s Department of Justice, Law and Security, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, he teaches classes and develops training environments in crime scene investigation and criminalistics. As adjunct F.B.I. faculty under the United States Department of State's Anti-terrorism Assistance Program, he provided training for international police agencies in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa. As an FBI-ERT team member, Mike was also deployed to sites of judicial interest in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Within the United States, former Agent Hochrein was deployed to assist in the collection of evidence from major scenes to include the shooting and arrest scene for Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in 2013, the 2007 collapse of the I-35 Bridge in Minneapolis Minnesota, the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, the 2000 aircraft crash resulting in the deaths of Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, his brother, and an aide, and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. He is certified in Federal and State courts as an expert in forensic archaeology and crime scene mapping.
Former Agent Hochrein was a contributor to the F.B.I.’s Evidence Response Team Field Reference Guide. He is also the author or co-author of several peer reviewed articles on topics of forensic archaeology and forensic geotaphonomy. In addition, Mike continues to compile, and update, an extensive bibliography for many aspects of crime scene investigation entitled “A Bibliography Related to Crime Scene Interpretation with Emphases in Forensic Geotaphonomic and Forensic Archaeological Field Techniques,” which is currently in its nineteenth edition.
Mike Hochrein has been a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences since 1997, as well as the International Association for Identification since 2004, and the International Homicide Investigators Association since 2007. Other organizations with which he has been associated include The Scientific Working Group on Disaster Victim Identification, (SWGDVI), Search and Recovery Committee, as an Advisory Member since 2012, The Society for Archaeological Science since 2005; and the Society for American Archaeology since 2009.