Chief medical examiner, Rockland County Health Center, Pomona, NY
Senior medical investigator, Rockland County Medical Examiner's Office, Pomona, NY
(Received 8 April 1985; accepted 4 September 1985)
Proposed methods for softening mummified fingers have been either unsuccessful in adequately softening the fingers or have been highly destructive. A simple technique based on an entirely new concept utilizing disodium ethylenediamine tetracetic acid in a detergent solution adjusted to a pH of 7.5 has been successfully used to obtain satisfactory to good fingerprints over the past ten years in every case attempted.
Paper ID: JFS12306J