Recapturing a Five-Month-Old Bite Mark by Means of Reflective Ultraviolet Photography

    Volume 39, Issue 6 (November 1994)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 8


    Sobel, MN
    Chief Forensic Odontologist, Allegheny County Coroner's Office, Pittsburgh, PA

    David, TJ
    Consultant in Forensic Odontology, Georgia Bureau of Investigation—Division of Forensic Sciences, Marietta, GA

    (Received 23 September 1993; accepted 15 April 1994)

    Abstract

    After a brutal rape, which the victim survived, a bite mark was photographed and other evidence was collected. It was not until several months later when the bite mark became a critical piece of evidence, that the problem with its collection became apparent to the prosecutor. The photograph of the bite mark taken by law-enforcement officials at the time of the crime did not include a reference scale. Therefore the bite mark was of little evidentiary value. The authors subsequently examined the victim (five months later) and “recaptured” the bite mark pattern with a proper reference scale by means of reflective ultraviolet photography.


    Paper ID: JFS13744J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13744J

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    Title Recapturing a Five-Month-Old Bite Mark by Means of Reflective Ultraviolet Photography
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