Diana Trepkov, an IAI -certified forensic artist in Canada, has just released a new book about her involvement with missing persons cases, and her work to help bring them home through her forensic artwork.
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NEW BOOK FROM DIANA TREPKOV: I’m Daisy the Safety Chihuahua
Prologue to “Faceless, Voiceless: A Forensic Artist’s Inspirational Approach to the Missing and Unidentified” by Diana Trepkov
I created this book to help show you, the reader, what forensic artist means to me.
It is not just about the art. Most importantly, it is about being there for the victims and their families to help bring some justice for all the victims. Forensic art has always challenged my imagination as an artist, and it is important to stay on the scientific side of forensic art.
There has never been a case that I was involved in that I didn’t feel a special connection with the victim. I have given everything that I got from within to write this book straight from my heart, and I believe the only way write this is to let it flow and not hold anything back.
I would like to take this time to explain why I am writing this book. It is to honor the faceless and voiceless unidentified victims. What you are about to read is almost a decade of my work involving forensic art. I have helped in 120 law enforcement cases to date. It would be impossible to write about all in an in-depth manner so I am choosing a handful for this book. This way, I can bring you along with me as we go through each case.
Faceless, Voiceless is a name that was mentioned to me by my mentor Connie Phillipson. Through a conversation we had, she had mentioned the title to me and explained that is what I do—putting a face to a victim by age progressions/facial reconstructions and giving a voice to the victim by writing articles about him or her. I wanted this title to somehow explain this book.
Through my work, I was able to meet some of the most sincere, loving people I could ever imagine. I would do anything in my power to ease the pain and suffering of these families; somehow I would develop a strong bond with them that I know will last beyond a lifetime.
I am staying as true as possible to all the facts of these cases to the best of my ability and knowledge. I would like to explain how and why I do what I do. It is mainly to stand by the victims and their families, to let them know they are not alone through their darkest times. My deep aspiration would be to help identify as many victims as possible, resulting in some closure for the families. It starts with the search and ends with closure.
When I was twelve years old, I lived in Burnaby, British Columbia. It was at that time a young man by the name of Terry Fox had lost his life to cancer. What a remarkable young man he was. I believe was a hero. When I heard Terry Fox passed away, I phoned his mom who lived in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. I said, “Hi, my name is Diana Trepkov and I live in Burnaby … I am very sorry to hear that your son has died!” Even though I had never met Terry’s mom, I felt I needed to call her. I am now much older. My mom recently mentioned, “Ever since you were a little girl, Diana, you always really cared about people, and when they hurt, you also would hurt.”
I believe you cannot be a thorough forensic artist if you haven’t developed a sense of empathy. To care about people is really what life is all about. I cannot be happy when and if people are suffering all around me. However, I can find a sense of peace when the victims’ families can get some answers. Through this career, I have felt a strong sense of gratitude and my heart is rich because of the families that I am so blessed to have crossed paths with.
Please read this book in a nice, secluded area preferably in a sunny area. This way the darkest areas of this book can help shine through in a positive way as you see and read about the victims and appreciating who they really were before they were murdered or went missing. I would like to bring you into the same mode as I was in when I worked on these cases. I will try to the best of my knowledge to explain the personality of each victim, the facts of the case, and the scientific procedure I would apply as a certified forensic artist.
It is my hope that this book will enrich your world by helping you to understand what really goes on behind the scenes with families of missing and murdered loved ones.
It is important for all of us to pull together anytime we hear of a missing child or adult, to help as much as we can when we see someone suffering. As each one of us helps the victims and their families, I believe the world will be a safer and more enjoyable place to live in. Every parent should know where his or her child is—deceased or living. Children deserve that much. At the end of my life, as long as I know that I made a small difference in someone else’s life, there really isn’t any more than I could really wish for.
Living is doing what you love to do and I believe that life is too short not to help others. Let’s honor the victims and their families together. This is how I believe we can help the faceless to be seen and the voiceless to be heard. With so many unidentified remains and missing persons, I will forever do my part and that is to help identify these victims. That is my promise. I am here to serve, and there isn’t a greater feeling than that in the world!
I would like to end my prologue with a quote because someone else has already said it perfectly.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
"Modern-day investigative techniques associated with complex cases of missing persons, especially children, the recovery of unidentified human remains, or the production of composite drawings of suspects, have evolved into a very important aspect of modern-day forensics.
Diana Trepkov's publication, Faceless, Voiceless, represents a unique and very insightful overview of both her artistic talent as well as her deep sense of caring for the plight of victims. Overall, Faceless, Voiceless is a truly informative reproduction of personal and professional accounts of struggles and accomplishments that highlight Diana's pursuit of her chosen profession as a forensic artist with an unselfish determination to simply make a positive difference in people's lives."
Minister Julian Fantino Member of the Parliament of Canada Past Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police
"Imagine saying good-bye, walking away from a loved one, not having the slightest idea it could be forever, never knowing where they went, with whom they crossed paths, whether they're alive or deceased. It is the heartbreaking reality for many families connected to the more than 2,300 people who go missing in the United States each day. Through her impassioned work as a forensic artist, Diana Trepkov allows the faces of the missing to be seen again, often decades after they vanish. Diana's age-progression sketches come to life not only because of her careful consideration for anatomical nuances, but also because of her careful consideration for the human heart."
Alexis K. Weed, producer HLN's Nancy Grace Cold case writer, CNN.com
"Diana Trepkov uses her forensic art techniques to bring life to the faces of those that died without their identity. Her skilled drawings allow agencies to use her reconstructions in a public forum in order to help generate leads that can ultimately restore the name to the decedent. Diana's dedication and perseverance allows these victims to be returned to their families and laid to rest."
Suzi Dodt Medico-legal death investigator Formerly of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office Phoenix, Arizona
Book Review for Faceless Voiceless
Forensic artist Diana Trepkov's new book explores the world of the victim. In all cases the "victim" is traditionally described as the person taken away from their loved ones. In this book it is abundantly clear the "victim" includes every person who intimately knew the missing person.
Faceless, voiceless takes the reader through a series of cases and personal relationships Diana has encountered while working on her many cases. She explains the purpose of the work she performed in each case and the motivation to help bring closure from those most touched by the loss.
Diana has been featured in numerous Blue Line articles over the past six years and is often seen in newspapers and on television. Her enthusiasm and intrepid spirit has propelled her into her field in a manner seldom seen today. Born with a keen artistic ability honed by years of study and practice in the field of forensic facial reconstruction, Diana has made her talents available to police services and other organizations across Canada and the United States. She has impressed many with her artistic talents and ability to talk with and earn the trust of families of crime victims.
This book is intriguing for both the curious and the involved. It is both educational and inspirational, reflecting today's forensic artistry while attending to the nuances of the craft as known only by an insider. Between its covers you see through the eyes of a forensic artist all that has happened and all that could happen to help crime victims. It's a truly revealing and inspirational book.
Morley S. Lymburner
Blue Line Magazine Inc. Canada's National Law Enforcement Magazine
Chihuahua Teaches Important Safety Rules
in Delightful Picture Book
Author pens adorable safety children’s book that appeals to the child in everyone
When a child goes missing, it is every parent’s worst nightmare. Nothing is more important to a mother and father than their children’s safety and welfare. While they can’t protect them 24/7, the least they can do is to educate them so they can protect themselves when there is a potential threat. Author Diana Trepkov offers safety tips for children as she shares I’m Daisy the Safety Chihuahua.
This picture book introduces Daisy, who might look like
an ordinary Chihuahua but is actually a safety Chihuahua. She teaches kids how to stay safe by sharing important safety rules that are smart and easy to remember. She also shares tips like how getting a good night’s sleep can help one make wise decisions or how bullying is a bad thing. Some of the essential things that children should remember are to never talk to strangers and to always listen to their intuition and gut feelings.
The author shares, “It is a wish I have deep within myself, and that is to protect as many children as possible, to help ease the pain that I have witnessed in so many families’ eyes of missing loved ones. This is written from my heart and through my eyes, the eyes of a forensic artist.”
With I’m Daisy the Safety Chihuahua, colorful photographs, detailed illustrations, important safety tips and fun activities are all wrapped up in one small fun package. Children of all ages will treasure this book of inspiration, safety rules, and assurance through their journey in life. This adorable safety children's book will also appeal to the child in everyone.