Raymond C. Murray

106 Ironwood Place
Missoula, MT 59803
(406) 549-7901

e-mail: rmurray@bresnam.net


  • A.B., Geology, Tufts University, 1951
  • M.S., Geology, University of Wisconsin, 1952
  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Wisconsin, 1955


  • Forensic Geologist 1973-Present
  • Vice President for Research & Development, The University of Montana, 1977-1996
  • Chairman, Department of Geology, Rutgers University, 1967-1977
  • Associate Professor, Geology, University of New Mexico, 1966-1967
  • Manager, Production Geology Research, Shell Development Company, Houston, Texas, 1955-1966

AUTHOR: Numerous books and publications in Forensic Geology and Sedimentary Geology

  • with John Tedrow, Forensic Geology, Rutgers University Press,
  •  1975
  • with Blatt and Middleton, Origin of Sedimentary Rocks, Prentice Hall, 1980
  • with John Tedrow, Forensic Geology (revised), Prentice Hall, 1991
  • with Louis Solebello, Forensic Examination of Soils Chapter in Richard Saferstein, Forensic Science Handbook, Prentice Hall, 2001
  • Evidence from the Earth, Mountain Press, 2004
  • Consultant, Earth Evidence, Capstone Press, 2007
  • Evidence from the Earth, 2nd ed, Mountain Press 2011


  • Chair, Police Commission, Missoula, Montana, 1986-present
  • Member,  Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council (POST)
  • Board Member Five Valleys Crime Stoppers
  • Member Montana Board of Private Security Patrol Officers and Investigators
  • Sworn Law Enforcement Officer, Middlesex County, New Jersey (SPCA), 1977
  • Participant and/or instructor in forensic science courses
  • Chairman Juvenile Conference Committee (Judge, Juvenile Court), Middlesex County, New Jersey, 1969-1977
  • Leadership Cadre COPS assessment teams
  • Consultant to numerous law enforcement organizations and lecturer in Forensic Geology


Forensic Geoscience Group/Geological Society London Outstanding Contributions Award 2010                                                       

Publications in Forensic Geology- R. C. Murray

 1975  "The Geologist as Private Eye," Natural History, February, p. 22-24.


          With Tedrow, J., Forensic Geology, pp. 217.  New Brunswick, N.J.:   Rutgers University Press.


 1976 "Soil and Rocks as Physical Evidence," Law and Order, July, p. 36-40.

          "Studies in Forensic Geology," presented at the Geol. Soc. of America meeting, Denver


1977  "The Geologist as Private Eye," reprinted in The Craft of the Essay, p 408. Edited by Taylor, H.P., and Okada, V.N., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.


          "Problems Inherent With Some Methods for the Forensic Examination of 'Soil,' presented at the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Section, Assoc. of Forensic Scientists, Mt. Laurel, N.J.      


1979   Forensic Geology, presented at the N.W. Assoc. Forensic Scientists  meeting, Spokane, WA. 


1980   With Murray, R., "Soil Evidence," Law and Order, July.


1982  "Forensic Examination of Soil," Forensic Science Handbook, Chapter 13, p. 725. Edited by Richard Saferstein.  Englewood Cliffs,  N.J.: Prentice Hall.


1988  "Forensic Geology - 100 Years," INTER/MICRO - 88.  Chicago:  McCrone Research Institute


1990 "The Geologist as Private Eye."  Reprinted in A Writer's World, p. 548.  Edited by Trudy Smoke, St. Martin's Press.


1992 With Tedrow,J., Forensic Geology,   Prentice Hall. Englewood Cliffs, N.J..203pp.


         "Soil in Trace Evidence Analyses", International Symposium on the Forensic Aspects of Trace Evidence, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia.


 1994  "Soil in Trace Evidence Analyses", Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Forensic Aspects of Trace Evidence, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, U.S. Government Printing Office, p. 75-78.


1998   Forensic Geology: Soil Sciences in Criminal Investigation, Soil Science Society of  America, Oct. 18-22, Baltimore, MD


1999  The Geologists as Private Eye, reprinted in Beemanèristmas Annual, Camden House Journal, Zeigler, Ill. USA


2000    Devil in the Details- The Science Forensic Geology, Geotimes, February p. 14-17


2002     With Solebello, L.  Forensic Examination of Soil, Chapter 11 in Forensic Science Handbook,R. Saferstein, ed. Prentice Hall.


2003   Forensic Sedimentology, in Encyclopedia of Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, G. V. Middleton, ed. Kluwer Academic Publishers


2004    Evidence from the Earth-Forensic Geology, Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists, Spring Meeting, Missoula, MT.


       Forensic Geology: yesterday, today and tomorrow, Forensic Geoscience: Principles, Techniques and Applications, Geological Society, London, Special Publication 232,  p 7-9  Pye and Croft ed.


            Evidence from the Earth, Mountain Press Publishing Co. Missoula, MT 226 pp


2005     Collecting Crime Evidence from Earth, Geotimes  January  p. 18-22


2006     Sherlock Holmes to the Present-Progress in Forensic Geology,  Abstract, GSA meeting, Philadelphia


2007      Consultant, Earth Evidence, Capstone Press, Mankato, MN  32pp


            Forensic Geology- Public Forum Geological Society of America, Denver, Co.


2008   with Ruffell, A and Donnelly, L. The Future of Geoforensics, Abstract, GSA meeting Houston


              with Stam, M. Forensic Geology in the United Kingdom and the United States, Abstract,GSA meeting Houston.


              With Stam, M, Forensic Geology in the United Kingdom and the United States, Abstract,  Forensic Geoscience Group, GSL, London.


 2009  Forensic Geology: Earthly Crimes Solved with the Microscope, The Microscope, Vol. 57:1,  pp.27-33.

            Soil Analysis in Forensic Taphonomy. Mark Tibbett and David O. Carter (Editor) GEOARCHAEOLOGY: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, VOL. 24, NO. 6 BOOK REVIEWS  p 853


2010  Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics, Karl Ritz, Lorna Dawson, David Miller (editors) Vadose Zone j. Vol 9, No 1, Book Review


            Forensic Geology-Getting the Dirt on Crime, International Game Warden Magazine, Summer edition, 32-33


2011 Evidence from the Earth, 2nd edition, Mountain Press, Missoula, MT 201pp.


2012  Wildlife Forensic Field Manual 4th ed,  p26-29, D. N. Walker and W. J. Adrian, editors, 222pp.

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            Forensic Chemistry Handbook, Chapter #4, Forensic Examination of Soils, L. Kobilinsky ed., John Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, USA , 504pp.


            Importance of the unusual in soil examination, European Academy Forensic Science, The Hague, Abstract.


2013 Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, Vol. 4, Soils and Sediment, Elsevier, pp.535-541 


2015 Forensic Geology - Science and Application, Geological Society of Japan, Nagano, Japan, Abstract 









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