Nationally recognized homicide investigator joins Criminal Justice program

Friday, August 5, 2011


In 1989, Marion County, Ore. detective Alan Scharn had a troubling case. 

Two women were missing, four years apart, with no trace of physical evidence. The only link was their marriages to Gerald Miller who once bragged, “no body, no crime.” Scharn’s multi-year investigation of the two cases led to the trial and prosecution of Miller, who is now serving a life sentence in an Oregon prison for the two murders.

Scharn literally wrote the book on investigating no-body homicides, titled “No-Body Homicide Investigation & Prosecution Training,” and brings his expertise in nearly all aspects of law enforcement to the classroom. In July, he joined the faculty of Corban University’s Criminal Justice Program. The program has helped many begin their careers in law enforcement and provide ongoing education for those moving forward in their careers. As an assistant professor, his three decades of experience in law enforcement will strengthen the University’s already solid program.

During the fall 2011 semester, Scharn will teach undergraduate courses in the administration of justice and intro to law enforcement. Additionally he will teach a master’s course in biblical leadership.

While there will be textbooks, Scharn said he intends for students to come face to face with all aspects of criminal justice. This includes guest lecturers who are experts in various fields, tours of the Marion County Jail and area prisons, sitting in court trials and possibly working with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards & Training, with its training facility less than one-quarter mile from Corban’s Salem campus.

“I’ve got 30 years worth of stories and experience,” he said. “I don’t think there is a crime committed that I haven’t seen. Students coming out of Corban’s Criminal Justice Program will be well prepared to start or continue their careers in law enforcement.”

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