Digital Video Image Capture in Establishing Positive Identification

    Volume 42, Issue 3 (May 1997)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 4


    Bennett, JL
    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

    Marks, MK
    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

    Lee Wilson, O
    The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN

    (Received 1 August 1996; accepted 12 September 1996)

    Abstract

    Positive identification of skeletonized, decomposed, or disfigured victims lacking clinical records is a difficult endeavor. However, videotapes of family and social activities can be analyzed using the frame isolating technique of video image capture by inexpensive means. A rare skeletal Class III malocclusion and dental peculiarities in a decomposing 3-year old lacking a clinical history were compared to videotapes taken of a suspected victim shortly prior to her disappearance. Overlaying transparent dental tracings from digitized skeletal remains onto selected frames of the videotape (and reversing this process) produced the identification and hastened the entire investigation.


    Paper ID: JFS14153J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14153J

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