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NCJ Number: 211188 Find in a Library
Title: Two Methods for Obtaining Quality Fingerprints From Decomposed Human Remains: Live-Scan Technology and Casting Mediums
Journal: Evidence Technology Magazine  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:July-August 2005  Pages:30-33
Author(s): H. W. Ruslander M.S.; M. Dawn Watkins M.S.
Date Published: July 2005
Page Count: 4
Document: DOC
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes how to obtain quality fingerprints from decomposed human remains.
Abstract: While fingerprint analysis is the most straightforward way to identify human remains, the human decomposition process can complicate matters by compromising the decedent’s ridge detail. Two main techniques are used to obtain fingerprints from decomposed human remains: live-scan technology and manual casting techniques. Live-scan technology has the capability to capture ridge detail and also aids the examiner by guiding the examiner through the fingerprinting process. Problems with this technology are that few morgues actually use live-scan technology on a daily basis and there are difficulties with capturing the ridge detail on the capture platen of the live-scan system. Manual casting techniques are more widely used and the required materials are readily available in most law enforcement agencies. A case example of the use of manual casting is presented that illustrates the challenges and advantages of this method. Future research should improve manual casting methods through the enhancement of casting mediums. Figures
Main Term(s): Fingerprint detection techniques; Fingerprint image quality
Index Term(s): Forensic pathology; Forensic sciences; Victim identification
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