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


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    Presented in part at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Feb. 18–23, 2008, in Washington, DC.

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Audrey L. Scott, M.A.
Department of Archaeology
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6


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.