Ascertaining the cause of death: Importance of skull-photo superimposition in identification

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Objective: Fragmented skeletal remains are often encountered by forensic investigators, and they are important for identification of an individual. This case is to highlight an interesting case of skeletal remains and discuss the literature. Design: This is a case, whereby skeletal remains were found scattered in a thick bush with a personal belonging found at the site of discovery. Materials and method: Anthropologic analysis, dental charting and skull-photo superimposition were performed to the skeletal remains. Results: Anthropologic analysis and dental charting revealed a female Mongoloid adult person consistent with an estimated dental age between 20 to 40 years. Skull-photo superimposition revealed perfect match between the photograph of the deceased and the skull found at the site. DNA profiling was performed from bone dust, and was matched with her family DNA. Conclusion: This interesting case is reported for its rarity, and its unique difficulty in determining identification and cause of death in skeletal remains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-309
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume24
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Forensic
  • Identification
  • Skeletal remains
  • Skull-photo superimposition

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  • Medicine(all)

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Ascertaining the cause of death : Importance of skull-photo superimposition in identification. / Mohd. Nor, Faridah.

In: International Medical Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2017, p. 307-309.

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