Criminalist II, New Orleans Police Department, Scientific Criminal Investigation Division, New Orleans,
(Received 31 December 1998; accepted 21 June 1999)
In two cases investigated by the New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab, hairs recovered from crime scenes were found to exhibit microscopic postmortem changes in anagen hair roots. These microscopic characteristics were used to associate these hairs with various victims in the cases. In addition to associating questioned hairs with known hairs, the fact that the victims were dead when the hairs were pulled helped investigators reconstruct events in both crimes and corroborate statements made by the arrested subjects in each case.
Paper ID: JFS14714J