Antemortem and postmortem nonapposite data--a multidisciplinary identification strategy.


Identification of human remains is often achieved by comparing documented reference data with the same type of evidence obtained from the remains. We present a case of a decomposed unidentified body, whose identity was presumed but because of the low validity range of the available data, the identification process could not be completed. Antemortem radiographs of the teeth found in the house of the reputed victim could not be compared to the edentulous cadaver and the kinship between the victim and the only living relative that could provide DNA for comparison was too tenuous. Isolated teeth found at the scene, were neither a source of DNA reference information nor questioned data to be compared to the antemortem radiographs. The strategy implemented by the investigators to reallocate the status of the isolated teeth from the questioned source to the reference source of DNA to be compared with the cadaver is presented.

DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12669

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@article{Bublil2015AntemortemAP, title={Antemortem and postmortem nonapposite data--a multidisciplinary identification strategy.}, author={Nurit Bublil and Tzipi Kahana}, journal={Journal of forensic sciences}, year={2015}, volume={60 2}, pages={501-4} }