Press Releases

June 2017 – Trace’s Investigators Attend National Conference
Alexandria, VA – Three members of Trace’s investigation team attended the 50th anniversary celebration and conference of the National Association of Legal Investigators at the Embassy Suites in Alexandria, Virginia; Don C. Johnson, CLI, Tina Skirvin, CCDI and Becca Gieselman, Trace’s newest legal investigator. NALI is a non-profit professional association representing investigators who provide litigation support for civil and criminal defense attorneys. Johnson is NALI’s National Director, its chief executive officer, serving the maximum two terms, from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017.


 

April 2017 – Trace’s Founder Attends International Conference
Denver, Colorado – Don C. Johnson, CLI, president and founder of Trace Investigations, attended the annual general meeting and conference of the International Intelligence Network, Ltd. at the Doubletree Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Intellenet is a private network of professional investigators and security consultants with backgrounds in law enforcement and military intelligence. Johnson serves on Intellenet’s Board of Directors and edits its quarterly journal, Intellenet News.


 

November 2016 — Trace Research Analyst Receives FCRA Certification
Bloomington, IN – Linda Duncan, a key analyst with Trace Investigations’ background screening business, has received the FCRA Basic Certification from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and the states’ counterparts govern the pre-employment and post-employment screening of job applicants. Background Trace provides background investigations and screening services to Indiana’s small business and corporate communities.


 

August 2016 — Don C. Johnson, CLI Reappointed to Licensing Board
Indianapolis, IN – On August 3, 2016 Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed an order reappointing Trace Investigations founder and CEO, Don C. Johnson, CLI to the Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board, a division of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Johnson has served on the licensing board since 2001 and is currently the board chairman.


 

February 2016 – Rebecca Gieselman Joins Trace Investigations
Bloomington, IN – A recent graduate of Indiana University with a major in journalism, Rebecca Gieselman has joined the investigations division of Trace Investigations as a legal investigator and research analyst. A lifelong resident of Bloomington, “Becca” will specialize in social media research and case support services in civil and criminal investigations.


 

January 2016 – Linda Duncan Joins Trace Investigations
Bloomington, IN – Linda Duncan of Ellettsville, Indiana, formerly of New York, has joined the pre-employment screening division of Trace Investigations as a research analyst. Linda comes from a background in human resource management and information services.


 

November 2015 – Local Investigator Panelist at International Conference
Bloomington, IN – Local private investigator Don C. Johnson, owner of Trace Investigations, Inc., was a panelist at the annual conference of the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators in New Orleans in November. Licensing regulators and industry representatives from 25 states, two Canadian provinces and Paris, France were in attendance. Johnson is chairman of the Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board. He was part of a panel and roundtable discussion on how threats and disruptors in the regulated sectors threaten public safety.


 

June 2015 – Local Investigator Achieves National Certification
Bloomington, IN – Tina M. Skirvin, a legal investigator with Trace Investigations, Inc. in Bloomington, has been awarded the Certified Criminal Defense Investigator designation by the Criminal Defense Training Council. The Council “… encourages the philosophical and methodical approach to the investigative process…” and recognizes criminal defense as “… a highly specialized discipline within itself.” A former paralegal and criminal court reporter, Ms. Skirvin has been with Trace Investigations since 2008.


 

May 2015 – Local Investigator Elected to Lead National Association
Bloomington, IN – Don C. Johnson, Certified Legal Investigator and owner of Trace Investigations in Bloomington, is the incoming National Director of the National Association of Legal Investigators, the nation’s leading professional association providing continuing education and training for investigators who provide litigation support for trial attorneys in the civil and criminal courts.


 

March 2015 – Local Investigator Recognized in Successful Court Trial
Bloomfield, IN – Tina Skirvin, with Trace Investigations in Bloomington, worked side by side with attorney Kitty Liell in the successful defense and acquittal of a client by a Greene County jury on March 13. Tina’s uncovering of evidence proved critical to the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense in a murder case.


 

June 2014 – Christine Koryta Joins Trace Investigations’ Background Screening Division
Bloomington, IN – Christine Koryta has joined Trace Investigations as the managing partner of its pre-employment screening service. Christine brings with her several years of experience in organizational administration and resource management. Christine is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, the Indiana Association of Background Screeners and the South Central Indiana Human Resource Association, a division of the national SHRM.


 

May 2014 – Local Investigator Receives Special Training
Bloomington, IN – Tina Skirvin, with Trace Investigations, Inc. in Bloomington, attended the annual conference of the National Defender Investigator Association, April 24-26 in New Orleans. NDIA is the only national organization dedicated solely to continuing education for the investigative arm of indigent defense.


 

January 2014 – Trace Investigations Launches New Website
Bloomington, IN – One of southern Indianan’s best known private investigation firms has launched a new website. Don C. Johnson, the firm’s owner said, “Technology moves fast and our new website better reflects the benefits we bring to our market.” Johnson founded Trace Investigations in Bloomington in 1990.


 

January 2014 – Tina M. Skirvin Joins Trace Investigations, Inc.
Bloomington, IN – Tina M. Skirvin of Bloomington is the latest full time employee of Trace Investigations, Inc. Tina has been with the firm since 2008 as a part-time investigator, in addition to her duties as a criminal court reporter in Monroe County Circuit Court. Previously, Tina worked as a paralegal at a Bloomington law firm.


 

April 2013 – Trace Investigations Team Praised
Bloomington, IN – Attorneys with the Indiana Public Defender Council praised a team of investigators from Trace Investigations in Bloomington for their work in a criminal defense investigation in Greene County. Tina Skirvin and Don C. Johnson were recognized for “…their help tracking and wearing down people who just really didn’t want to get involved.”


 

August 2012 – Bloom Magazine Profiles Trace Investigations
Bloomington, IN – Trace Investigations, Inc. was profiled in the fall issue of Bloom Magazine in Bloomington, Indiana. The article, “The Life of a Private Eye Ain’t What You See in Old Movies,” highlighted the firm’s work in its Business and Finance section. Trace Investigations was established in Bloomington in 1990 by Don C. Johnson, a former military intelligence analyst.


 

July 2012 – IU Graduate Joins Trace Investigations, Inc.
Bloomington, IN – Ashley D. Reger, with a major in criminal justice from Indiana University, has joined Bloomington private investigations firm Trace Investigations, Inc. During her senior year, Ashley worked at Trace Investigation in its background screening division.


 

December 2011 – Local Investigator Honored for His Leadership
Bloomington, IN – At its annual meeting in Indianapolis, the Indiana Society of Professional Investigators recognized Don C. Johnson, CLI, founder of Trace Investigations, Inc. in Bloomington for his “leadership and dedication” in advancing the private investigation profession in Indiana. Johnson is a founding member and past president of the society.


 

March 2009 – Local Investigator Recognized by National Group
Bloomington, IN – The National Council of Investigation and Security Services awarded Don C. Johnson, CLI, of Trace Investigations, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana its 2009 “Excellence Award” for his many years of service as editor of NCISS’s quarterly journal, The Report.


 

January 2007 – Legal Investigator Don C. Johnson Elected Chairman of Licensing Board
Bloomington, IN – Bloomington legal investigator Don C. Johnson, CLI was re-elected as chairman and president of the Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board at its January meeting. The PISG Board, known previously as the Private Detective Licensing Board, is a division of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Johnson, owner of Trace Investigations, Inc., was appointed to the board by the late Governor O’Bannon.


 

December 2006 – Trace Investigations Moves to New Offices
Bloomington, IN – Local firm Trace Investigations is moving to new offices in downtown Bloomington to support new growth and better serve its clients. For more information on the firm go to www.traceinvestigations.com.


 

July 2006 – Trace Investigations Recognized for Its Work in the Harper Case
Bloomington, IN – A team of private investigators from Trace Investigations in Bloomington, Indiana were recognized for their work in their criminal defense investigation in the People of Illinois vs. Julie Rae Harper. Ms. Harper was found innocent in the murder of her son. The Trace Investigations team helped establish reasonable doubt by placing a known spree killer near Julie’s home the week of the crime. Her defense was led by attorneys from the Innocence Project at Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law.


 

April 2006 – IU Graduate Joins Trace Investigations, Inc.
Bloomington, IN – Michael J. Koryta, with a major in criminal justice from Indiana University, has joined Bloomington private investigations firm Trace Investigations, Inc. as an investigator. While at IU Michael worked part-time at Trace and at the Herald Times as a reporter.


 

March 2003 – Local Investigator Receives National Award
Bloomington, IN – The National Council of Investigation and Security Services awarded Don C. Johnson, CLI, of Trace Investigations, Bloomington, Indiana its prestigious Wayne J. Wunder Memorial Award. The Wunder Award is given each year to someone “For dedication, leadership and distinguished service to the private investigation and security professions.”


 

February 2003 – Local Investigator Article on Gypsies and Irish Travelers Published by National Magazine
Bloomington, INPI Magazine, a journal for professional investigators, has published an article by Don C. Johnson, CLI in its January/February issue. “Gypsies, Travelers and Thieves” profiles the Roma and Irish clans involved in criminal enterprises throughout the U.S. Johnson is the founder of Trace Investigations in Bloomington, Indiana.


 

July 2002 – Local Investigator Presents at National Conference
Bloomington, IN – Certified legal investigator Don C. Johnson, owner of Trace Investigations, Bloomington, Indiana, was a featured speaker at the Investigators Super Conference in New Orleans last month. Johnson and colleague George Michael Newman of San Diego gave a presentation on “Investigating Suspicious Fatalities,” profiling cases where incorrect determinations were made at death scenes by coroners.


 

April 2002 – Bloomington Investigator Authors Chapter in Reference Text
Bloomington, IN – Bloomington private investigator Don C. Johnson has authored a chapter in another reference text for attorneys, corporate executives and investigators. Corporate Investigations, published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company last year. Johnson authored chapter 11, “The Due Diligence Investigation.” Chapters authored byJohnson appear in two previous publications from Lawyers & Judges, Advanced Forensic Civil Investigations and Advanced Forensic Criminal Investigations.


 

January 2002 – Local Investigation Firm Launches Pre-Employment Screening
Bloomington, IN – Trace Investigations of Bloomington now provides pre-employment screening and background investigations to a number of area businesses. The firm’s founder, Don C. Johnson said, “Since 9/11 businesses realize how important it is to have an effective program in place for screening job applicants.”


 

October 2001 – Governor Appoints Local Investigator to Licensing Board
Bloomington, IN – Governor Frank O’Bannon has appointed Bloomington private investigator Don C. Johnson to the Indiana Private Detective Licensing Board, a division of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The licensing board has final approval on all applications for the licensing of private investigator firms and security guard agencies in Indiana. Johnson’s firm, Trace Investigations, was established in Bloomington in 1990.


 

January 2001 – Becky Johnson Joins Trace Investigations, Inc.
Bloomington, IN – Rebecca Medlock Johnson has joined Trace Investigations as its Chief Financial Officer. Becky has a background in business development and banking. She was an officer with Bank One for a number of years.


 

November 2000 – Local Investigator Accepted Into International Council
Bloomington, IN – Trace Investigations, a private investigation firm in Bloomington, Indiana, has been granted membership in the Council of International Investigators, an association representing investigators from over two dozen countries. In granting the membership to Trace Investigations, the Council “reposed special trust and confidence” in the firm’s founder, Don C. Johnson.


 

April 2000 – Bloomington Investigator Authors Chapter in Reference Text
Bloomington, IN – Bloomington private investigator Don C. Johnson, owner of Trace Investigations, is a contributing author in a reference text for attorneys and investigators. Advanced Forensic Criminal Investigations is published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. Johnson authored chapter 14 in the book, “Suicide Determination in an Equivocal Death Investigation.”


 

July 1997 – Local Investigator Receives National Certification
Bloomington, IN – The National Association of Legal Investigators presented its distinguished Certified Legal Investigator designation to private investigator Don C. Johnson at its annual conference in Chicago last month. There are less than 100 CLIs in the country. The certification requires publication of a white paper and a day of intensive testing and peer examination. At the same conference, Johnson’s white paper, “Suicide Investigations,” won first place among NALI’s editor/publisher awards.


 

June 1997 – Bloomington Investigator Authors Chapter in Reference Text
Bloomington, IN – Bloomington private investigator Don C. Johnson, owner of Trace Investigations, is a contributing author in a reference text for attorneys and investigators. Advanced Forensic Civil Investigations is published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. Johnson authored chapter 32 in the book, “Libel and Slander Investigations.”


 

May 1995 – Buddy Newlin Joins Trace Investigations, Inc.
Bloomington, IN – Longtime Bloomington resident Nigel “Buddy” Newlin has joined local firm Trace Investigations as a surveillance operative and process server. Buddy is a veteran of the US Army and served with the First Infantry Division, “The Big Red One,” during the Vietnam era.


 

November 1993 – Owner of Trace Investigations Joins an Advisory Committee
Bloomington, IN – Bloomington-based private investigator Don C. Johnson, owner of Trace Investigations, has joined an advisory committee on the establishment of a digital court records database, in an agreement between AT&T and the Indianapolis/Marion County government.


 

September 1990 – A New Private Investigation Firm Has Opened
Bloomington, IN – Don C. Johnson, a former military intelligence analyst and insurance defense investigator has opened Trace Investigations in Bloomington, Indiana. Johnson spent the last five years working for private investigation firms around the country before opening his own agency. He is not new to the area, having attended Indiana University after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Johnson is a graduate of the U.S. Defense Language Institute.


 

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