Volume 36, Issue 3 (May 1991)

    Bones, Blood, Pellets, Glass, and No Body

    (Received 30 April 1990; accepted 10 July 1990)


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    A man was found guilty of killing his wife, although her body was never found. The case centered on her car, which contained fragments of bone, glass, shotgun pellets, and dried blood. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fingerprinting techniques were used to establish the decedent's identity. Examination of the bone fragments revealed that they were from the skull. These two pieces of information, added to other evidence, proved that the defendant's wife had received a fatal injury in her car, and a guilty verdict was rendered.

    Author Information:

    Dix, JD
    Boone County medical examiner, Columbia, MO

    Mosley, J
    Boone County prosecuting attorney, Columbia, MO

    Stout, SD
    Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

    Stock #: JFS13109J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13109J

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    Title Bones, Blood, Pellets, Glass, and No Body
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30