When Carl Koppelman was a kid, he sat in the back of the class and did sketches of the people around him. As an adult, he has discovered this was not exactly time wasted in school.
Carl Koppelman is now a CPA by trade, with an impressive resume that includes Princess Cruises and Walt Disney. But it was his hobby, drawing portraits, which led him to something more impressive. Koppelman is a forensic reconstructionist, meaning he will look at the remains of unidentified deceased persons and complete a portrait of how they appeared in life. Then his work is released into the public with the hopes of identifying the deceased and helping their loved ones find some closure.
He has been doing this work for about four years. He has also done some volunteer work to assist with matching unidentified to missing persons.
Koppelman receives no fees for this work. “I do it as a public service,” he explains. Like so many thousands of others, he watched the news in August of 2009 when Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as a child in June of 1991, was found. “It was a miracle,” he says now. “I just kept thinking of her parents, and how they must feel.” His artist’s curiosity made him wonder how Jaycee would look after so many years, and he began to sketch. It led him to work in age progression. “I have the ability to help families of these missing people,” he says.
Koppelman uses Corel photo-paint and is constantly honing his skill. “I’ve gone back and made corrections to older reconstructions. Then I reposted them.” He found an online website called websleuths and posts his work there. Now he is a moderator for the site, which is dedicated to discussing cases, forensics, and aid in locating missing persons and unidentified deceased.
Television news stations and law enforcement have used his work, and police have been successful in identifying deceased and locating missing with Koppelman’s assistance. Besides doing artwork, he has solved several cases by “online sleuthing.”
Koppelman is currently working on a 1979 case located in the northeast, and feels he will soon have enough information to take to law enforcement to help close the case.
“I just want to help,” Carl Koppelman says sincerely. “And I have the skills to do that.”
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