Police Officer Lance E. Krout
West Manchester Township Police Department

2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Nominee

Officer Krout is a sixteen-year veteran of the West Manchester Township Police Department. He is currently assigned as a patrol officer. In addition, Krout is actively involved in the South-Central Pennsylvania Task Force Strike Team, the York County Forensic Unit, and the York County Fire investigative Response Team. He is the recipient of an Award of Merit, two Chiefís Commendations and six Awards of Achievement. Krout previously served with the West York Borough Police Department and the North Codorus Township Police Department.

Krout was born in Hanover, and graduated from Spring Grove Area High School. He is married to Kimberly, and has one daughter, Miranda. He is a firefighter and life member of the North Codorus Township Fire Department, and a former member of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department and the Nashville Fire Department. He fought forest fires in Montana and Idaho with the PA Bureau of Forestry. He is certified and an American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor.

On November 18, 2013, West Manchester Township Police received a call reporting skeletal remains discovered in brush off of Loucks Road near Route 74. The remains were determined to be of human origin. There was no identification found at the scene to suggest the identity of the deceased.

In January 2014, Officer Krout on his own initiative found a national database for missing persons and unidentified deceased victims and began a search using physical descriptors provided by Mercyhurst College as a result of their forensic investigation. His work developed over one hundred possible matches from the database.

To date, Krout has contacted over one hundred police agencies in twenty-four states looking at 147 different persons that fit the parameters of the victim. Krout submitted the dental records of 21 people to a forensic odonatologist to compare with the deceased hoping to identify the victim.

Krout located an officer from Charles County, Maryland who is an established forensic artist who created a composite sketch of what is believed to be the face of the victim in the case. Distribution of the sketch has provided additional leads and DNA samples provided for analysis.

Krout continues to follow up on this case, working with the FBI and Smithsonian Institute hoping to apply the latest technology to the case. He has invested 168 hours that can be documented, as well as countless off duty hours working on the investigation.

While there are many people assisting with this complex investigation, Kroutís determination will likely be an integral part in the hopeful resolution of the case. Krout has taken the time to develop an expertise in many facets of law enforcement which greatly contribute to the success of the department.

Nominated by Chief Arthur D. Smith, Jr.

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