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2011-12-01 14:20:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a result of DNA analysis conducted at the UNT Health Science Center and a renewed investigation by Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, the family and friends of William "Bill" George Bundy now know that he was, indeed, one of serial killer John Wayne Gacy's victims. Sheriff Dart announced the findings on November 29, more than 30 years after 19-year-old Bundy disappeared from the Chicago area. The UNT Health Science Center was...

2011-04-05 09:30:00

OREM, Utah, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aribex®, Inc., the worldwide leader in handheld x-ray technologies, has joined with IDENS Co. Ltd., the leading maker of Japan's premier Practice Management System for dental clinics, to contribute up to 15 x-ray kits for forensic victim identification use following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The first two kits have already been sent by IDENS to Iwate Prefecture, one of the most damaged areas. Each kit will include the...

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2010-06-29 14:50:26

Researchers from the University of Granada have shown that a person's dental patterns can be used as proof of their identity with the same degree of reliability as DNA testing, the method that forensic police use to reveal the identity of dead bodies. The researchers came to their conclusion after analyzing the dental patterns of more than 3,000 people. "There is sufficient dental diversity between people to enable a scientifically-based human identification method to be developed for...

2010-03-18 12:55:06

An expert in forensic anthropology argues that the database should include computer records of citizens such as anthropological data, physiognomic characteristics, medical information, radiographic files, dental records and numbers of different identity documents. Tzipi Kahana believes that radiographic techniques, together with information from this database, are a reliable mechanism for identifying bodies after natural disasters or attacks. Forensic Anthropology, as an independent...

2009-09-16 11:20:53

Against the backdrop of last week's Congressional hearing into the future of forensic science, researchers from the University at Buffalo's Laboratory for Forensic Odontology Research in the School of Dental Medicine, have published a landmark paper on the controversial topic of bitemark analysis. The Congressional hearing focused on the findings of a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on the scientific basis of forensic disciplines. Among the pattern evidence fields (fingerprints,...

2009-09-08 18:05:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- WHEN: Thursday, September 10, 2009 to Sunday, September 13, 2009 WHERE: Moscone West Convention Center San Francisco, CA 94103 CONTACTS: Doug Elmets (916) 206-8662 Jessica Joisten (916) 524-7686 WHAT: CDA Presents, the bi-annual convention of the California Dental Association, will bring together some of the nation's...

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2008-05-15 13:40:00

Although the use of bite marks as evidence in criminal trials has been looked down upon by some forensic experts, researchers at Marquette University claim to have developed a new computer program capable of measuring bite marks.Researchers said they hope it will lead to a substantial database of bite characteristics that can be used as notable evidence in criminal prosecutions."The naysayers are saying, 'You can throw all this out. It's junk science. It's voodoo. This is a bunch of boobs...

2005-09-07 07:42:22

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - U.S. police face a "hell of a task" to identify thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims left rotting in heat and humidity similar to the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, a top forensic expert said on Wednesday. "I don't envy them at all," said Detective Superintendent Derek Forest, a Briton who has been running the largest forensic operation in history to try to identify the nearly 5,500 victims of the December 26 disaster in Thailand. "We had...

2005-09-07 07:07:46

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - U.S. police face a "hell of a task" to identify thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims left rotting in heat and humidity similar to the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, a top forensic expert said on Wednesday. "I don't envy them at all," said Detective Superintendent Derek Forest, a Briton who has been running the largest forensic operation in history to try to identify the nearly 5,500 victims of the December 26 disaster in Thailand. "We had...

2005-09-06 16:25:58

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Louisiana will inter in individual graves the remains of Hurricane Katrina victims who cannot be immediately identified so that families can reclaim the bodies later if forensic experts eventually determine who they are, an official said on Tuesday. State and federal authorities have begun the grim task of collecting the remains of perhaps thousands of storm victims and have set up a morgue in St. Gabriel, about 70 miles (110 km) from New Orleans,...