Volume 41, Issue 5 (September 1996)

    Identification of War Victims from Mass Graves in Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina by the Use of Standard Forensic Methods and DNA Typing

    (Received 12 June 1995; accepted 22 January 1996)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The postmortem remains of sixty-one war victims were excavated from 6 mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina one and a half years after interment. Using standard identification methods, including the matching of medical and dental records, the recognition of distinguishing characteristics such as the use of clothing and belongings, and video superimposition, 35 persons were identified. For the remaining 26 persons identification efforts continue. DNA typing was performed at the HLA DQA1 locus and five PM system loci. Results from DNA typing were confirmed by other methods. DNA profiles of family members of 150 missing persons are now being developed using the 6 loci. These DNA profiles will then be compared with those generated from the bone and teeth remains of the unidentified victims.


    Author Information:

    Rezic, B
    Associate professor, assistant professor, research assistant, and technician, respectively, Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Clinical Hospital Split, Split,

    Primorac, D
    instructor, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT

    Lee, HC
    Director, Forensic Science Laboratory, Connecticut State Police, Meriden, CT

    Drmic, I
    Associate professor, assistant professor, research assistant, and technician, respectively, Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Clinical Hospital Split, Split,

    Kennedy, MA
    Technical support manager, Affymetrix, Santa Clara, CA

    Baden, MM
    Director, Forensic Science Unit, New York State Police, Albany, NY

    Schanfield, MS
    Laboratory director, Analytical Genetic Testing Center, Denver, CO

    Definis-Gojanovic, M
    Associate professor, assistant professor, research assistant, and technician, respectively, Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Clinical Hospital Split, Split,

    Skakel, SB
    Project director, AmeriCares Foundation, New Canaan, CT

    Andelinovic, S


    Stock #: JFS14019J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14019J

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    Title Identification of War Victims from Mass Graves in Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina by the Use of Standard Forensic Methods and DNA Typing
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