Bone Fragments a Body Can Make

    Volume 36, Issue 3 (May 1991)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 5


    Ross, LM
    Senior electron microscope specialist, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

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

    (Received 14 April 1990; accepted 10 June 1990)

    Abstract

    Data obtained from various analytical techniques applied to a number of small bone fragments recovered from a crime scene were used to provide evidence for the occurrence of a fatality. Microscopic and histomorphometric analyses confirmed that the fragments were from a human skull. X-ray microanalysis of darkened areas on the bone fragments revealed a chemical signature that matched the chemical signature of a shotgun pellet recovered at the scene of the crime. The above findings supported the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fingerprint evidence which, along with other evidence, was used to convict a man for the murder of his wife, even though her body was never recovered.


    Paper ID: JFS13110J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13110J

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    Title Bone Fragments a Body Can Make
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    Committee E30