Anthropological and Radiographic Comparison of Antemortem Surgical Records for Identification of Skeletal Remains

Authors: Scott, Audrey L.1; Congram, Derek1; Sweet, David2; Fonseca, Stephen3; Skinner, Mark1

Source: Journal of Forensic Sciences, Volume 55, Number 1, January 2010 , pp. 241-244(4)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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This case review illustrates the important contributions of forensic archeological methods and forensic anthropological analysis to the identification of found skeletal remains. After reassociation of skeletal remains found in two locations, anthropological analysis provided the basis for a presumptive identification and a request for antemortem medical records. Partial DNA profiles were supportive but not conclusive and antemortem dental records were not available. Comparison of antemortem traumas, skeletal morphology, and surgical artifacts with antemortem radiographs and surgical records led to positive identification of an individual missing for almost a decade.

Keywords: forensic anthropology; forensic science; human remains; personal identification; radiographic comparison; surgical artifacts

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centre for Forensic Research, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. 2: BOLD Forensic Laboratory at UBC Dentistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 3: Identification and Disaster Response Unit, Office of the Chief Coroner, British Columbia Coroners Service, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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