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NCJ Number: 43198 Find in a Library
Title: PERSONALITY RECONSTRUCTION FROM UNIDENTIFIED REMAINS
Journal: FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN  Volume:46  Issue:8  Dated:(AUGUST 1977)  Pages:12-15
Author(s): D G CHERRY; J L ANGEL
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Publisher: https://www.fbi.gov 
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: USING AN ACTUAL CASE HISTORY AS AN ILLUSTRATION, AN ARTIST/SCIENTIST TEAM DESCRIBES HOW, BASED ONLY ON SKELETAL REMAINS, PHYSICAL AND PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DECEASED MAY BE DETERMINED.
Abstract: THIS ARTICLE DETAILS THE ATTEMPT OF A POLICE ARTIST AND A PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGIST TO RECONSTRUCT PERSONALITY FACTORS FROM BADLY DECOMPOSED REMAINS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA. AFTER PAINSTAKING EXAMINATION OF THE SKELETON, THE SEX, RACE, APPROXIMATE AGE, HEIGHT, AND OTHER PERTINENT PHYSICAL FEATURES WERE ASCERTAINED. A SOCIAL AND PERSONALITY PROFILE OF THE DECEASED BASED ON AN ANALYSIS OF THE PHYSICAL FINDINGS AND EVIDENCE FOUND AT THE CRIME SCENE SEARCH WAS THEN BEGUN BY THE ARTIST AND THE SCIENTIST. A SKETCH WAS PREPARED, PUBLISHED IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, AND IDENTIFIED BY THREE PERSONS AS STRONGLY RESSEMBLING A YOUNG WOMAN WHO HAD BEEN MISSING FOR EIGHT MONTHS. A SUBSEQUENT FINGERPRINT MATCH POSITIVELY CONFIRMED THE VICTIM'S IDENTITY. THE IMPORTANCE OF A THOROUGH SEARCH OF THE CRIME SCENE AND ADJACENT AREA IS STRESSED, ALONG WITH CAREFUL MEASUREMENT AND PHOTOGRAPHING OF THE REMAINS AND SITE.
Index Term(s): Bone analysis; Crime Scene Investigation; Criminal investigation; Evidence identification; Fingerprints; Forensic medicine; Police artists; Victim identification
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