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University of Toronto Mississauga
Forensic Science
Hisham Ragab

Forensic Anthropology and the Real World Types of cases - Missing persons - Remains found by accident - Bodies severely damaged or destroyed - Mass graves and international cases (end of course) Missing persons: - Assessment of what is known and set up a search - Employ the necessary personnel and equipment - Use appropriate maps - Systematic performance of the search - Looking for: Full body, scattered remains, clandestine grave, metal objects - Assess and reevaluate the scene Kathy Wilson Cold Case October 20 1970, missing. A distant cousin Robert Manion was suspected, case went cold until 2006, he confessed to abduction and murder, disposing body in woods. Manion lead police to area where murder took place. After sentenced, Manion found dead in cell. Trained volunteers contacted to search for Kathy’s remains. Basic information: - Remains of 12 year old girl - Bag of groceries (metal cans) - Blue pants, blue and red shirt - In woods approximately 20m from passenger side door of Manion’s car - Coniferous forest acidic soil speeds up bone destruction - Likely scavenged by animals - 39 years ago… - Body left near large tree - Strangled to death Accidental discovery - Undocumented cemeteries, mass graves and historic burials, washed up on shore, wilderness - Forensic significance (always approach significant) - Non-significant: turned over to the city, private archaeology firm is hired - Significant: Pathology service and anthropologists processes scene, to exhume and further examine body… Severe damage - Fire and hear damage: arson, clandestine cremations, accidental fires - Bodies found in water: bloating - Dismembered remains: instruments used to dismember - Destruction or lack of soft tissue evidence and DNA recovery is not possible Importance of Identification
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