On the cutting edge.
Frontier Forensics Midwest, LLC
About Us
Frontier Forensics Midwest is a privately owned autopsy facility that opened in August 2008 as the First Call Morgue. The morgue is designed with multiple autopsy stations allowing four autopsies to be performed simultaneously. The facility features a surgical grade air handling system in the autopsy suite for the comfort and safety of staff and guests. An in-house digital x-ray unit in the autopsy suite allows for convenient capturing and viewing of postmortem x-rays. Copies of x-rays can be immediately provided to law enforcement agencies in a digital format. A walk-in cooler with a capacity of approximately 25 bodies and a walk-in freezer provide ample space for proper storing of bodies.  

An electronic database and record keeping system ensure efficient information entry, recall and backup. The facility provides a place for discreet and weather shielded intake and release of bodies. The morgue is equipped with communication radios and antennas allowing for contact and coordination with local and national agencies in the case of an emergency or natural disaster. An emergency generator is available for any unexpected loss of power to ensure integrity of records and uninterrupted operation of the morgue. Additional space has been added to accommodate offices for staff, meetings, depositions, case review and training for law enforcement.

Frontier Forensics Midwest is located at 40 S. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS 66102. The facility is approximately one-mile north of I-70 on 18th Street. After hours communication is accessed by leaving a message at the same number to reach an on-call investigator. An investigator will return your call shortly.

Buisness Hours:
Monday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Autopsies are performed seven days a week
Frontier Forensics Midwest 
40 South 18th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102
Phone: 913-299-1533
Fax: 913-912-1388
Fax: 913-299-4931


Staff:
Physicians:

Erik K. Mitchell, M.D. - Received his medical degree in 1976 from S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical Center and completed his Forensic Pathology residency in 1982 at the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in North Carolina. He has served in various Coroners Offices throughout the country and is currently Coroner for the 1st, 5th, 7th and 31st districts and Deputy Coroner in the 2nd, 4th, 10th and 29th districts in Kansas.

Altaf Hossain, M.D. - Received his medical degree in 1976 from Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh. In 1987 he received his MPH in Epidemiology at Yale University and a PhD in Pathology from Louisiana State University. He completed his Forensic Pathology residency at the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office in 2005. He is currently Deputy Coroner for the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 29th and 31st districts in Kansas.

Michael S. Handler M.D. - A graduate of Brandeis University, he received his medical degree from Tufts Medical School in 1980. He completed his Pathology residency at Columbia Presbyterian and a Neuropathology residency at Mt. Sinai. He completed his Forensic Pathology residency at the Office of the Medical Examiner at the University of New Mexico in 1996. He is Deputy Coroner for Johnson and Leavenworth Counties.
Investigators:

Chris Berry, Administrator - Studied biology and nursing at the University of Kansas and worked in the University of Kansas Hospital autopsy department for 11 years as an autopsy technician. He worked part-time at the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office as an autopsy technician for 5 years. He is a certified investigator by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.  He oversees operation of the practice and provides for its growth and direction.

Sharon Parks-Mandel, Chief Investigator - Degrees in Anthropology and Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Geography. She worked as Chief Medical Investigator for the Shawnee County Coroner's Office for 16 years before joining the practice in 2011. She oversees investigations, coordinates with law enforcement agencies and manages the physicians' court schedule.

Laura Fredrickson - Received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Kansas and a MS in Forensic Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2003. She joined the practice in 2012 as an investigator after working with the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office for 8 years.

Jennifer McCollum


All investigators have completed coursework in medico-legal death investigation with additional study in child death investigation and homicide investigation. The staff continues to expand their knowledge through continuing education.
Forensic Technicians:
​Renae Solko
Shelby Bell






Administrative:

Lauren McDaniel - Received a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix. She joined the practice in 2011 as an administrative assistant. She assures the smooth operation of the office, responds to records requests and maintains the files.