A housewife and mother from Teesside is becoming America's latest crime fighter.
Wendy James will be moving to Florida in 2005
Married mother-of-two Wendy James, 37, from Middlesbrough, has already worked as a mortuary assistant.
She admits to a fascination with dead bodies and took a scene of crime course at Teesside University.
Now the newly-qualified Bachelor of Science in forensics has scooped a top job in Florida, mirroring the hit US TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Mrs James has achieved her BSc (Hons) degree in Crime Scene Science at the university and is now relocating to Florida to work as a crime scene investigator.
She has landed the new job with a sheriff's department in the sunshine state.
But she has never met her new employers face-to-face as the entire recruitment and selection process was done over the internet and by telephone.
Mrs James said: "We decided to emigrate and give the kids a taste of another country.
"So I did a few internet searches and found a contact in a sheriff's department in Florida.
Crime drama CSI is one of the most popular TV shows in the US
"After exchanging a few emails and going through a phone interview, I was amazed to be offered the job."
She said she would prefer to work as a forensics officer on Teesside, but Cleveland Police have no openings.
She added: "UK crime scene training is very sought after in other countries.
"When I first spoke to the Florida sheriff's department, they were amazed that I had done crime scene photography, evidence collection and laboratory analysis and lots more.
"I've seen the CSI TV programmes and they're fun, but not very realistic.
"But I suppose if they interest people in this type of work, they're worth having on the TV."
Mrs James will jet off to Florida with her husband, self-employed painter and decorator Lenny, and their two children Kirsty, 15, and Dominic, 11, next year after Kirsty has completed her school education.