Monday, November 14, 2005

Forensic identification of human remains

There's a nice story in the LA Times about the different methods used to identify military remains dating back to the war of 1812. The focus of the story is an airman who crashed in the California Sierras, probably in 1942, and whose remains were found by ice hikers last October .
When the remains were found, the name tag was corroded almost to nothing. The central identification lab is consulting with a manuscript expert to try to get words or numbers out of his 60-year old address book.

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