Presented in part at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Feb. 18–23, 2008, in Washington, DC.
Anthropological and Radiographic Comparison of Antemortem Surgical Records for Identification of Skeletal Remains*
Article first published online: 10 OCT 2009
© 2009 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 55, Issue 1, pages 241–244, January 2010
How to Cite
Scott, A. L., Congram, D., Sweet, D., Fonseca, S. and Skinner, M. (2010), Anthropological and Radiographic Comparison of Antemortem Surgical Records for Identification of Skeletal Remains. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55: 241–244. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01203.x
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 10 OCT 2009
- Received 22 Sept. 2008; and in revised form 7 Dec. 2008; accepted 8 Dec. 2008.
- forensic science;
- forensic anthropology;
- radiographic comparison;
- personal identification;
- human remains;
- surgical artifacts
Abstract: 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.