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The artist’s ability to do this task well could be the detective’s only hope for identifying the victim. ” 15 Once a relative or friend comes forward claiming to know the victim, police begin making the dental or DNA comparisons they need to scientifically confirm the identity they are seeking. Because this initial claim of identification by loved ones or acquaintances is often what gives police a clue to work from, forensic facial reconstruction can be very valuable for identifying unknown victims.

57 Forensic Art Today’s computer-generated images do, however, reflect an ever-advancing digital world that benefits the different fields of forensic art. In fact, the same technology that can speed up the process of age progression is revolutionizing the forensic use of photographic images of all kinds. If a photograph exists in a criminal case, no matter how poor its quality may be, modern technology can often make it useful for the forensic investigation. 6km) from the university campus. According to investigators, the gunman probably did not even know the name of the pretty young woman he gunned down.

Usually, any flesh remaining on the skull is dissolved away in a strong solution of hydrogen peroxide, and the artist is presented with a clean skull to work on. A trained artist can begin to determine from the shape of the skull the outline of a distinct and unique face. &ACE
,IFT,ONG/VERDUE In 2005 an anthropologist and a medical examiner in New York were asked to create a facial reconstruction based on X-ray images of a human skull. They decided the skull was that of a young man in his late teens, probably from the northern part of Africa.

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