In August 2019, Kat Pope joined the NamUs team as the Regional Program Specialist for MD, DE, DC, VA, and NJ. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the Colorado College and her master’s degree in forensic anthropology at the Texas State University – San Marcos.
Investigating missing and unidentified cold cases is a top priority in Kat’s career, which began after receiving a one-year postgraduate fellowship at the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (now called the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) to work as a Casualty Analyst in the WWII Section. Over the next ten years, she worked as a Forensic Investigator in the New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware medical examiners’ offices. She also volunteered with Operation Identification excavating unidentified migrants on the Texas/Mexico border.