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Multidisciplinary approach to the forensic identification of a late discovery victim of a motorcycle accident

Moraitis, K and Eliopoulos, C and Zorba, E and Mitsea, AG and Falsetti, C and Spiliopoulou, C (2014) Multidisciplinary approach to the forensic identification of a late discovery victim of a motorcycle accident. Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology, 1 (2). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2380-0801

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Abstract

This paper presents a case of a late discovery of a motorcycle accident victim. The fact that the remains were almost skeletonized required the input of several disciplines in order to identify the victim. Therefore, anthropology, odontology, facial reconstruction, and genetics were employed. It was found that the victim was male, between the ages of 35 to 55 with a number of healed fractures. In addition, perimortem trauma with a pattern that was consistent with a motorcycle accident was found in the head and upper body regions. Dental findings included a tooth out of alignment with the rest of the dental arcade, as well as a heavily decayed tooth that was replaced by a dental bridge. Both of these findings were supported by ante mortem photographs of the victim. A two-dimensional facial reconstruction was carried out and produced a very good likeness of the deceased. The above findings were confirmed by DNA analysis that matched a bone sample to those of the family of the deceased. This case illustrates the benefits of combining several different methods to make an initial assessment of a case and narrow the list of potential candidates. This can help speed up the process of identification and save resources for law enforcement agencies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forensic anthropology; Forensic dentistry; Facial reconstruction;
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Austin Publishing Group
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 07:41
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2015 07:41
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1947

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