Characterization of the volatile organic compounds present in the headspace of decomposing human remains.

  title={Characterization of the volatile organic compounds present in the headspace of decomposing human remains.},
  author={Erin M Hoffman and Allison M. Curran and Nishan Dulgerian and Rex A. Stockham and Brian A. Eckenrode},
  journal={Forensic science international},
  volume={186 1-3},
Law enforcement agencies frequently use canines trained to detect the odor of human decomposition to aid in determining the location of clandestine burials and human remains deposited or scattered on the surface. However, few studies attempt to identify the specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that elicit an appropriate response from victim recovery (VR) canines. Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) was combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to identify the VOCs released… CONTINUE READING


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