Disinterment from Paving Materials: Use of Heavy Equipment for Exhumation and Examination of Bodies

    Volume 39, Issue 1 (January 1994)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    Hawley, DA
    Associate Professors, Culbertson Professor of Pathology, and Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Pless, JE
    Associate Professors, Culbertson Professor of Pathology, and Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Clark, MA
    Associate Professors, Culbertson Professor of Pathology, and Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Harruff, RC
    Associate Professors, Culbertson Professor of Pathology, and Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    (Received 29 April 1993; accepted 21 June 1993)

    Abstract

    Common paving materials—concrete and asphalt—pose an unusual and complex barrier to disinterment and examination of human remains. Although not commonly encountered, these materials are seen with sufficient frequency to justify consideration of the procedures and equipment necessary for disinterment. Over a seven year period we have encountered paving materials seven times. In each of these cases, the material was slightly different in quality, and different tools—including heavy construction equipment—were necessary. Sometimes the paving material could be managed without heavy power tools, but occasionally specialized construction tools have proven very useful.


    Paper ID: JFS13575J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13575J

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    Title Disinterment from Paving Materials: Use of Heavy Equipment for Exhumation and Examination of Bodies
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    Committee E30