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Lecture 7

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Lecture 7 November-02-12 5:47 PM Forensic Anthropology & The Real World Types of Cases  Missing persons o Assess what is known & set up a search  Likely body dumpsites o Employ necessary personal & equipment o Be sure to use appropriate maps o Systematic perform search  Needs to be set procedure o Know what is being looked for  Full body  Scattered remains  Clandestine grave?  Metal objects o Continually assess & re-evaluate scene  Thorough process/search  Kathy Wilson Cold Case  October 20th 1970 in Kirkland Lake  Kathy Wilson 12 year old girl  Robert Manion --> Distant cousin of Kathy  Went grocery shopping together  Kathy went missing  Didn’t have enough evidence to arrest Manion  Case closed  Reopened in 2006  Manion confessed to the murder  After sentenced, Manion found dead in cell from suicide o What? Who?  Remains of 12 year old girl  Bag of groceries left beside body  Blue pants, blue & red shirt o Where?  In woods. ~30 meters from passenger side door of Manion's truck which was parked on service road  Coniferous forest  Acidic soil speeds up bone destruction  Likely scavenged by animals o *Never discovered remains*  Accidental Discovery o Undocumented cemeteries, mass graves & historic burials often found o Remains also wash up on shore, stumbled upon in wilderness o Forensic Anthropologists asked to assess whether remains are forensically significant o Always approach as forensically significant o If found to be non-forensically significant  Handling of remains and site turned over to the city  Private archaeology firm is hired o If forensically significant  Forensic pathology service & the forensic anthropologists process, scene, exhume o Found during destruction of Fort Erie  Bodies severely damaged/destroyed o Bodies may be made unrecognizable  Fire & heat damage  Arson  Clandestine cremations  Accidental fires  Bodies found in water  Dismembered remains  What instruments used to dismember  Destruction of soft tissue evidence  DNA recovery or matching not possible o Why is identification important?  Legal  Wills  Spouse remarrying  Emotional  Give families closure  Allow appropriate burial  Inve
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