2019 Rocky Mountain PI Conference

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Friday, July 26, 2019
  • The Antlers Hotel 4 S.Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO


  • Guest registration for all 3 days, to include Cynthia Hetherington's seminar (July 24-26, 2019)
  • Guest registration for two-day conference (July 25-26, 2019) (Does NOT include Cynthia Hetherington's seminar)
  • Guest Registration for Cynthia Hetherington's Seminar, July 24, 2019
  • LEO/GOV registration for Cynthia Hetherington one-day seminar (July 24, 2019)
  • LEO/GOV Registration for three-day conference, to include Cynthia Hetherington's seminar
  • LEO/GOV registration for two day conference (Does not include Cynthia Hetherington's seminar)
  • One-day registration for Cynthia Hetherington's seminar
  • Two-day conference registration for July 25-26, 2019
  • Three Day Registration to include Cynthia Hetherington's Seminar, plus two-day conference
  • One-day registration for Cynthia Hetherington's seminar
  • Two-day conference registration for July 25-26, 2019
  • Three Day Registration to include Cynthia Hetherington's Seminar, plus two-day conference

Come celebrate NATIONAL PI DAY with us on this conference kick off July 24, 2019 with our regular conference commencing July 25 & 26th.

2019 Rocky Mountain

Private Investigators Conference:

July 24-26, 2019

Held at The Antlers Hotel

4 South Cascade Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


This promises to be the best year yet. Our pre-conference speaker is the renowned Cynthia Hetherington, presenting the latest and greatest on the ever-growing field of OSINT (open source intelligence.) This field of investigation is becoming essential in many different cases.

Amenities include a sponsored cocktail hour, a hospitality suite, plenty of time for networking and meeting new colleagues- and the conference will finish up in time for you to enjoy the weekend in Colorado Springs.

Attorneys and Paralegals, this conference has been approved for 18 CLE's and 2.8 Ethics Credits. Register for the conference TODAY!


Tuesday, July 23, 2019:

Hospitality suite open                                                                       

6:30 PM

Wednesday, July 24, 2019:

Pre-conference full-day training: Open Source Intelligence

Cynthia Hetherington- OSINT 

8:30 AM-10:00 AM


10:00 AM-10:15 AM

Cynthia Hetherington

10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Lunch Break                                                           

12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Cynthia Hetherington                                                       

1:30 PM-3:00 PM


3:00 PM-3:15 PM

Cynthia Hetherington                                                       

3:15 PM-5:00 PM

Cocktail Reception                                                      

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Hospitality suite open                                                                     

7:30 PM

Thursday, July 25, 2019


7:30 AM


8:00 AM-8:15 AM

JP Moore

Lawyers-Investigators and the Rules of Professional Conduct                              

8:15 AM-9:30 AM


9:30 AM-9:45 AM

Amber Schroader

Smartphones and the Apps that rule them                 

9:30 AM-11:15  AM

PI Magazine                                                            

Investigator Equipment Demonstration      

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Jane Cracraft                

How to Approach Reluctant, Hostile and Adverse Witnesses   

1:30PM -3:15 PM


3:15 PM-3:30 PM

Sheila Wysocki                                                            

Podcasting, the Next Investigative Tool     

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Hospitality Suite open                         

5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Reopens 9:00 PM

Friday, July 26, 2019:


7:30 AM

Darren Cantor                                                              

Common Ethical Pitfalls        

8:15 AM-9:45 AM

Sam Petitto                                                             

Until Proven Guilty: Police Investigative Procedures Explained     

9:45 AM-10:45 AM


10:45 AM-11:00 AM

Charles McCormick                                

Schnee/Oberholtzer Cold Case                                      

11:00 AM-12:30 PM


12:30 PM-1:45 PM

Sean O'Brien

Law Enforcement Trends in Cyber Crime               

1:45 PM-2:45 PM

Here are some conference highlights:

Wednesday, July 24th

Cynthia Hetherington: Global Open Source Intelligence Training - Advanced Online Investigations

As an investigator, social media platforms and search engines are important tools for tracking down facts and following leads. This class expands your general knowledge of social media platforms and search engines, allowing you to create thorough reports for your clients.

At the conference, we will go beyond identifying targets and locating their social media accounts. Participants will learn how to open every aspect of social media to explore where key information can be hidden or overlooked.

You will identify which search engine to use, when to use it, and what results you should expect from each by conducting hands-on advanced Internet and social media searches.

We will also evaluate and review several free and fee-based resources on the market for locating unique information and monitoring social media.

Upon completion of this course, investigators will be able to conduct advanced search strategies; utilize social media search tools; and incorporate free and fee-based alert services and monitoring tools into their investigations.

Thursday, July 25th

Sheila Wysocki: Podcasting, the Next Investigative Tool

No Case is too Cold

Private Investigator, Sheila Wysocki, takes matters into her own hands using unique methods such as crowd-sourcing and podcasts.

For private investigator, Sheila Wysocki, no case is too cold. She embraces the challenge and views each case as a mission to seek justice - and seeking justice is what she does.

Wysocki became a household name in the private investigation world after she helped solve the cold-case murder of her college roommate, Angie Samota, more than 25 years later. Only wanting to figure out Angie’s case, Wysocki was ready to close the case on her PI career. However, that’s when letters from around the world came pouring into her inbox begging her to help their families who had mysteriously lost a loved one. “I just couldn’t say no,” recalls Wysocki, “these families were in the same position I was after Angie’s death and I knew I had to at least try to help them.”

Since then, Wysocki has worked on over 100 complicated cases, has been nominated as one of the Top 20 Best Nashville Private Investigators, and voted the number six most influential women private investigator. She has been featured in The Washington Post and has appeared on Anderson Cooper, Dateline, Katie Couric, A&E Biography’s “I Solved a Murder,” ABC’s 20/20, Crime Watch Daily, Criminal, and numerous other podcasts. Persistence has always been how her colleagues characterize her and that persistence has paid off in the many cold-cases she has worked.

Wysocki’s style of investigating may be different from your typical private investigator. She believes the media is your friend in any and every case. The more the case is publicized, the better the chances are of people coming forward with information. Wysocki also uses modern, cutting-edge techniques, including crowd-sourcing. This is where she presents the case to the public in an in-depth manner so they can give their feedback to provide information that will help solve the case. In 2018, Wysocki hosted a “P.I. Experience” in Nashville, TN at Crimecon, a true crime convention. Participants investigated the Jonathan Crews case, an active case Wysocki is working. “The idea of crowd-sourcing is a brilliant way to bring people together who think differently and to work together as a team. Each individual brings different aspects to the table while putting the pieces of the case together,” states Wysocki.

Branching off from the idea of crowd-sourcing, Wysocki produced a podcast in 2018 titled, Without Warning: The Lauren Agee Case. The podcast focuses on an active case she’s working about a young 22-year-old woman who was found deceased in a lake at the bottom of a cliff where she and her friends had been camping the night before. Wysocki dives deep into the case revealing live audio tapes from police detectives, witnesses, and suspects. Since debuting the podcast in July of 2018, it has frequented the Top Podcast Charts on iTunes and the “New and Noteworthy” section. Listen to new episodes weekly on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Podcast.

Wysocki is constantly looking at what’s next and taking on new cases. She is currently working on the Lauren Agee case, the Jonathan Crews case, and two new podcasts, one focused on an expose of colleges and the other on a partnership with Resonate Recordings on a Mississippi murder mystery. When not buried in her investigative work, Sheila Wysocki loves to spend time with her husband, two sons, and her dogs. To stay up to date with her and the cases she is working on, follow her Without Warning PI pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

Jane Cracraft: How to Approach Reluctant, Hostile, and Adverse Witnesses

After 20 years as a reporter for The Denver Post, Jane Cracraft spent 22 years as a legal investigator. She has interviewed more than 10,000 people. Her specialties included criminal defense, personal injury, sexual harassment and intellectual property cases. Jane Cracraft was president of PPIAC 1990-91. Active in NALI, she served on the CLI testing committee and was editor of the quarterly journal The Legal Investigator. Jane Cracraft is a CLI and a CCDI.

In 2007 she received the annual “Investigator-Philosopher” award from the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council for leadership in the field. After retiring as a PI, Jane Cracraft continued as associate editor of PI Magazine for a total of 12 years. Now fully retired, she lives in Colorado and Arizona and travels extensively. 

Amber Schroader: Smartphones & the Apps that Rule Them

Smartphones are more than just messages and phone calls they are the Apps that rule their data. Understanding the process of these devices and the data they contain can provide you greater insight to your suspects. As many users have moved to third party Apps to be able to attempt to hide data from potential investigations learning the process to turn over the data in these apps for information is critical. In a sea of millions of Apps it is important to learn how to find the App and then view the data in a parsed and unparsed form.

Throughout the past two decades Ms Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics. Ms. Schroader has developed over two-dozen software programs designed for the purposes of recovering digital data from mobile phones, computer hard drives, email, and live monitoring services. Ms. Schroader has taught and designed the established protocols for the seizure and processing of digital evidence that have been used by numerous organizations throughout the world.  Ms. Schroader has coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics” as well as started the momentum and push to the “Forensics of Everything-FoE” with her focus to unique problems in digital evidence and solutions in the area of IoT devices. Ms. Schroader has been a huge industry influence in pushing for a big-picture consideration of the digital evidence and the acquisition process and analysis techniques used.  An accomplished curriculum developer and instructor; Ms. Schroader has written and taught numerous classes for this specialized field as well as founded multiple certifications.  Ms. Schroader continues support through book contributions and other industry speaking engagements.

Nicole Cusanelli and James Nanos: PI Magazine, Unsolved Magazine, and PI GEAR!

Come view the latest and greatest demonstrations of those unique and coveted gadgets and gear that make an investigator's life easier. Thumb through the latest copies of PI Magazine, renew your subscription, and HOT OFF THE PRESS view Unsolved magazine.

Friday, July 26th

Sam Petitto- Until Proven Guilty: Police Investigative Procedures Explained

This course is for experienced, novice, and aspiring criminal defense investigators. If you have never worked inside an area bordered by yellow crime scene tape, you probably have questions about how and why police do what they do - or don't do. This course will provide matter-of-fact answers to those questions, along with clarification to some common misconceptions about police work.

You will be taught which specific documents should be included in discovery for common types of criminal cases. You will also learn why knowing how to identify missing discovery documents might be more important than properly evaluating the documents included in the case file.

From scene evaluation to interviews to evidence collection to report writing, you should gain a better understanding of how police are trained in these procedures. You should also begin to understand why their efforts sometimes fall short, and how the defense team can leverage those shortcomings in every criminal case you investigate.

Sam Petitto is a legal investigator specializing in felony criminal defense and K-9 consulting. He is a Senior Board Member at Large for PPIAC, Region VI Director for NALI, a member of NCISS, and has taught a variety of courses at the Pueblo Community College Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Before embracing the PI lifestyle, Sam was professional hide-and-seek player for the City of Durango Police Department.

Charles McCormick: Schnee/Oberholtzer case

We need your Help to solve this Cold Case!

On the night of Wednesday, January 6, 1982, temperatures fell to 20 below on the snow-covered 11,500 ft. Hoosier Pass that connects the ski resort community of Breckenridge in Summit County and the bedroom communities of Alma and Fairplay in Park County, Colorado. This was the night that Barbara "Bobbie" Jo Oberholtzer and Annette Schnee were murdered under cover of darkness and desolation.

Hoosier Pass has long been a commuting route for those living in Park County and finding jobs in Summit County. There is no record that Bobbie Jo and Annette knew one another, but each was likely hitchhiking separately southbound on Colorado Highway 9 toward the pass, heading home at the end of the work day. On that bitter cold January night, the pass became a sprawling death scene for the two young local women...

Please see the schedule below for more topics and speakers

Questions? Email training@ppiac.org

Registration Options

Guest registration for 3 days (July 24-26)  $575.00

Guest Registration for 2-day Conference $300.00

Guest Registration for Pre-Conference (July 24th) $300.00

PPIAC/PSACO Registration for 3 days (July 24-26) $425.00

PPIAC/PSACO Registration for 2-day conference $225.00

PPIAC/PSACO Registration for Pre-Conference (July 24) $225.00

Ask us about the LEO/GOV discount! (training@ppiac.org)

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