Gunshot wound in skeletonised human remains with partial adipocere formation

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Abstract

We present a case of skeletonised human remains. In the present case report, a body was exhumed from the ground above a cemetery. On exhumation, the body was partially-skeletonised with adipocere formation on the upper part of the body. Autopsy of the body showed two bullets in the right thigh muscle and lumbar vertebrae between L4 and L5. Postmortem changes and destruction of soft tissue made it impossible to determine direction of fire through the body, even in a careful complete autopsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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Postmortem Changes
Gunshot Wounds
Autopsy
Exhumation
Cemeteries
Lumbar Vertebrae
Thigh
Human Body
Muscles
cemetery
Body Remains

Keywords

  • Adipocere
  • Autopsy
  • Bullet
  • Exhumation
  • Forensic
  • Human
  • Remains
  • Skeletonised

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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