Anthropologist who identified mass graves dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm •  Published: May 18, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Clyde Snow, a forensic anthropologist who worked on cases ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to mass graves in Argentina, has died. He was 86.

Snow's wife, Jerry Snow, told The Associated Press her husband died Friday morning at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. Jerry Snow said her husband had lung cancer and emphysema.

Among Snow's subjects were Nazi fugitive Josef Mengele, victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. He also examined mass grave sites in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Croatia, and often helped build criminal cases against government leaders who carried out the killings.

"Bones don't forget," Snow once told the AP. "They're there and they have a story to tell."

Snow traveled the world helping to give a voice to the voiceless.

"I find it challenging," he said. "It is fascinating work. I feel we are doing a little bit of good. It's not the role of forensic science to put the bad guys in jail, but to evenhandedly collect the evidence."

Born Jan. 7, 1928, in Texas, Snow became interested in the human body through his physician father. After joining the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City in 1960, Snow helped develop a computer program to investigate plane crashes.

Snow investigated the deaths of many historical figures, including soldiers who died at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 and King Tutankhamun.