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NCJ Number: 134491 Find in a Library
Title: Printing the Deceased Who Have Been Subjected to Fire
Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:42  Issue:1  Dated:(January/February 1992)  Pages:18-25
Author(s): K A Rice
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article lists the supplies and details the procedure for obtaining the fingerprints and palm prints to identify persons whose bodies have been damaged by fire.
Abstract: Some common occurrences have been observed in bodies that have been partially burned. Upon death the fingers of the victims tend to close into a loose fist that protects the palm and finger ridge detail. The fire's heat tends to cause the nonvascular, epidemal layer of skin to separate from the dermis, the layer containing blood vessels. Refrigeration of the victim at the morgue increases the separation between the two skin layers. The cremation of a body requires a constant heat of 950 degrees Celsius for 1 to 2 hours. The victim of a fire exposed to lower temperatures or for shorter durations apparently may not have extensive damage to friction ridge skin. With adequate equipment and the use of proper procedures, fire victims can often be identified through fingerprints. This article describes the step-by-step procedure for removing the palm and finger skin and preparing it for fingerprint inking. Steps are also presented for placing the palm and finger skin on cards for inking to record the palm and finger prints. 5 references and 10 figures
Main Term(s): Fingerprints
Index Term(s): Arson investigation training; Death investigations; Police juvenile relations training; Victim identification
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