CUSHING — Donald Saastamoinen will discuss his 40-year career as a legal investigator in a public lecture, Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., at Cushing Public Library.
The illustrated talk is free and open to the public.
Since 1980, Saastamoinen has investigated cases for Maine law firms and insurance companies. He has worked in such diverse areas as legal and medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, missing persons (expert witnesses, heirs, debtors and skips), criminal cases, product liability and insurance fraud.
In one case, he was able to track down three key witnesses to an accident nine years earlier, with nothing known but their names, including one named simply John Brown.
His education includes substantial work in the sciences and graduate training in psychology and counseling. He is especially known for his skills in finding people and motivating even reluctant ones to cooperate, according to the Library, in a news released. His tools include expertise in photography and surveillance.
He will talk mainly about finding people, but does not plan to provide a list of specific sites to use, according to the Library. Rather he will discuss procedures and tactics that have worked in the past for him and which might help others locate somebody.
Saastamoinen is a member of the Maine Licensed Private Investigator Association and the National Association of Legal Investigators.