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Identifying skeletal remains with the help of dental data provided by the family in the absence of proper ante mortem dental records: case report

Authors:

A Samarasekare ,

Institute of Legal Medicine and Toxicology, Colombo, LK
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NASP Wijeratne,

Institute of Legal Medicine and Toxicology, Colombo, LK
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S Ranasinghe

Institute of Legal Medicine and Toxicology, Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Human skeletal remains were received from the office of the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO), Teaching Hospital (TH) Jaffna for the establishment of identification of the deceased. After thorough evaluation of the dentition (Oral autopsy), the author found several unique features which would invariably help to identify the deceased if ante-mortem (AM) data were available. On the request of the MO-Medico Legal, TH Jaffna provided a written document which detailed about AM dental data of a missing 22 year old female collected from the parents. The data thus provided exactly matched with postmortem (PM) findings of dentition and hence the probable identification was established. This case report highlights the mode of AM data collected, the manner of data interpretation and the importance of AM data collection using a checklist by forensic investigators and police officers who handle such cases in order to improve the process.

Medico-Legal Journal of Sri Lanka 2013; 1(2) : 51-55

How to Cite: Samarasekare, A., Wijeratne, N. & Ranasinghe, S., (2014). Identifying skeletal remains with the help of dental data provided by the family in the absence of proper ante mortem dental records: case report. Medico-Legal Journal of Sri Lanka. 1(2), pp.51–55. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/mljsl.v1i2.7295
Published on 13 Aug 2014.
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