Forensic evaluation of occupational marks in establishing identity-A case report

B. Suresh Kumar Shetty, P. P. Jagadish Rao, K. S.Muhammed Sameer, Preetham Raj Salian, Mahabalesh Shetty

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Abstract

The livings have responsibilities for the dead; and in particular, civilized societies recognize the need for identity both during life and at death, particularly in circumstances when an unknown body is summoned for medico-legal autopsy. There are numerous tools for identification of an unknown body which includes visual identification, fingerprints, medical prostheses, odontological techniques, DNA fingerprints and to include in the list is the occupational marks over the body sustained during the course of his or her profession. The medico-legal investigators should possess comprehensive knowledge of such occupational marks, which aid in identification. We are highlighting a case of rare entity, where a forensic evaluation of occupational marks was done to establish the identity of an unknown elderly male, who committed suicide by ligature hanging.

Original languageEnglish
JournalForensic Science International
Volume183
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10-01-2009

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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