Volume 21, Issue 4 (October 1976)
Forensic Odontology in Missing Persons Cases
Forensic odontology has been concerned historically with identification of unknown human remains. Unfortunately, many times this work, which requires accurately gathering and evaluating all available information, is conducted under the pressures of urgency. Such pressure may be avoided by early cooperation between the missing persons investigator and a forensic odontologist to provide an accurate dental antemortem record available for immediate use as a source of suitable information for police circulars. Through the use of a professionally developed forensic dental interview of all individuals familiar with a missing person, a trained police investigator can assemble much of the lay information available. The forensic dental interview presented has been used in this manner.