Marcus Montooth has been presented with the Indiana State Police Forensic Scientist of the Year award. It is presented annually to a forensic scientist within the laboratory division deemed to have consistently provided a superior quality forensic analysis service in a highly professional, proficient, and unbiased manner for the Indiana Criminal Justice Community.
In 2017 the Latent Print Identification Unit Supervisor, Forensic Scientist Marcus Montooth, and the staff under his supervision completed a very productive year. While working understaffed for most all of the year, and during a year in which the Laboratory Division underwent a reaccreditation assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, under the leadership of Montooth the Latent Print Identification Unit reduced its case backlog to record levels, taking it from nearly 600 cases to under 200 cases. The Unit also neared the 45 day turnaround goal for incoming cases as set by the Laboratory Division.
Montooth provided leadership and guidance with the Automated Fingerprint Identification System program by implementing several improvements that included the use of Universal Latent Workstation training and the Unsolved Latent Match Project as part of the Next Generation Identification System. These initiatives resulted in 20 cold case matches in AFIS. As part of his responsibilities with the computer refresh project, he also coordinated the purchase and installation of Biometric Connect software for his staff, and he evaluated the new Nitto Fingerprint Lifts for use by Department personnel.
Montooth graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Evansville. He started his employment with the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division in April 2003 at the Evansville Regional Laboratory.