FORENSIC ARTIST BRINGS IDENTITY TO THE UNKNOWN
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Arvada West High art teacher Daniel Marion became a forensic artist after he took a forensic art class just for fun and discovered he was quite skilled. He then started reconstructing faces in police cases in 1990 and has become a leader in his field. (Jodi Brooks, cbs4denver.com, May 19, 2007)
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