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Upcoming Fieldwork

The Kolibri Forensics team during a skeletal recovery training exercise in April 2019

The volunteers of Kolibri Forensics practicing their excavation and remains recovery skills during a training exercise in April 2019 (Please note: the skeleton is a replica)

NOTE: During COVID-19 pandemic, all field work was temporarily suspended out of concern for the health and safety of our volunteers.  Unfortunately, due to a fire at the storage facility we had our main equipment and supply cache located at, we are also working on replacing what was lost.  

We are currently working on our plans for 2023 and2024 field work seasons related to several cases.
 Some of the cases include:

1) Investigate what is suspected to be the crash site of a P-38 Lightning fighter plane in central Italy.  This will be a continuation of fieldwork started in 2022 and could help resolve the case of the pilot who is still unaccounted for. 

2) Further search efforts to locate the crash site of a small civilian aircraft that disappeared in Massachusetts in 1999.  The pilot, Gerhard Finkenbeiner, remains missing and this is one of the true mysteries of the Boston area.  We previously assisted local law enforcement with a search in 2022 and plan to return to the area in hopes of locating Mr. Finkenbeiner's remains.

3) Assisting a sheriff's office in Wisconsin in the identification of an unknown set of remains recovered from Lake Michigan.

4 ) Investigation of what is suspected to be the crash site from World War II in the waters off the Florida Keys.  There are several missing US Navy and United States Army Air Forces aviators in general area and we suspect that this site may hold the remains of one or more of these brave individuals.

5) A mission to locate a civilian aircraft missing in the Great Lakes with seven persons- a couple and their five young children-- unaccounted for.  Our goal is return them to their family after being lost for nearly fifty years. 

If you would like to help make these missions possible, please consider making a donation.  We do not charge families for our services so your donation is what makes it possible to provide this vital humanitarian service.

If your company would like to become a general partner in or sponsor of our work to bring the missing home-- or would like to fund a specific mission to reunite a missing military member or civilian with their family -- please contact our development officer, Chris Petrakos