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NWRCFL Offers Forensic Services in Major Cases

NWRCFL Offers Forensic Services in Major Cases
Forensic Examiner Justin Lazenby Testifies in Murder Trial

10/17/12

On October 12, Kaliq Mansor learned that he faces 25 years in prison for the murder of his 11-week-old son and an additional two years in prison for the abuse of the child’s twin brother—a case in which Mansor’s Internet history played a role in his conviction. The young boy died of abusive head trauma in June 2011, a day after Mansor called 911 to report that his son was having trouble breathing.

Forensic Examiner Justin Lazenby, a long-time member of the Northwest Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (NWRCFL) in Portland, testified during the course of the trial that he found search terms on Mansor’s computer that included “11 week old baby pulse no breathing,” “abuse newborn symptoms,” “how do I stop abusing my baby,” and “father hates infant.”

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Lazenby spent 13 weeks combing through the Mansor family computer, looking for clues to help investigators with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County District Attorney’s Office make their case. Lazenby is one of a cadre of specially trained forensic examiners at the NWRCFL who specialize in all things digital.

Each year, the NWRCFL takes in about 100 cases from local, state, and federal agencies all across Oregon and Southwest Washington. They range from murders—as in the Mansor case—to gang crimes, rapes, and child pornography cases. In addition, the examiners—all of whom hold top secret security clearances—work a variety of national security cases for the FBI.

The lab opened in the Lloyd Center area in 2005, and it is run by a board of law enforcement executives representing all of its member agencies. It is funded by the FBI, including the cost of rent, equipment, training, and overtime for the local officers. All of the personnel must pass through a rigorous training and testing program over an 18-24 month period before the FBI certifies them as “digital forensic examiners.”

In addition to the FBI special agents and professional support staff who serve at the NWRCFL as forensic examiners, the NWRCFL roster includes law enforcement officers from the Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, Hillsboro Police Department, Beaverton Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice. Lazenby, the examiner who worked the Mansor case, represents the Oregon State Crime Laboratory.

You can find out more information about the NWRCFL and the services it provides on its website