skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

  NCJ Number: NCJ 238744   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Enhancing Scene Processing Protocols to Improve Victim Identification and Field Detection of Human Remains in Mass Fatality Scenes
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Dennis C. Dirkmaat ; Erin N. Chapman ; Michael Kenyhercz ; Luis L. Cabo
  Date Published: 2012
  Page Count: 156
  Annotation: This project provides guidance to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of forensic processing efforts at large-scale crime scenes, and specifically large scale mass fatality incidents.
  Abstract: This research provides protocols to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of forensic processing (location, documentation, and recovery) of large-scale crime scenes, and specifically those resulting from mass fatality incidents. The results of extensive field testing indicated that comprehensive documentation of the spatial location of evidence and human remains can be accomplished in a time efficient manner with an increase in the recognition and location of evidence and human remains at a scene and therefore potential victim identification, while maintaining reasonable cost and working times. Results also showed that accurate estimates of the volume of evidence could be made using plot and plotless search methods. These methods can be used to estimate the amount of evidence in unsearched areas as well as estimating the amount of evidence in the overall scene, thereby helping to predict needs assessments for personnel and the amount of time it will take to process and release specific portions of a scene. Improvements in scene processing have been accomplished through the development and dissemination of enhanced, realistic, effective, and affordable search and recovery documentation protocols that maximize the detection, recovery and identification of human remains at large scale scenes and have importance in reconstructing past events related to a plane crash, bomb incident or other related mass fatality scenes. Figures, references, and tables
  Main Term(s): Disaster procedures ; Disaster related crimes
  Index Term(s): Evidence collection ; Evidence identification and analysis ; Evidence preservation ; Chain of custody (evidence) ; Forensic science training
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2008-DN-BX-K133
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.