(Received 21 January 1992; accepted 19 May 1992)
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Tattoos are distinctive, potentially important acquired identifying features that last for the life of the bearer, and persist into the postmortem period. However, the accumulation of decompositional pigments in the skin and subcutaneum will obscure tattoo designs. By treating the area with 3% hydrogen peroxide, the dark red-black decomposition products are temporarily removed, allowing underlying tattoos to be located, and photographed for identification purposes.
Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, Atlanta, GA
Chief Investigator, King County Medical Examiner Division, Seattle, WA
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