Police ‘protect identity of the dead’ by covering headstones with bubblewrap as they exhume pauper’s grave
Detectives bizarrely wrapped more than 20 graves and headstones in bubble-wrap and tape at a cemetery to ‘protect the identities’ of the dead.
Police officers painstakingly covered each tombstone in plastic sheeting to spare any of those buried - most decades ago - from being identified.
The operation was carried out on Friday before detectives started exhuming the body of a man from a pauper’s grave…
I really loathe posting stories from the Daily Fail, but y’know, needs must and all!
You are being asked to participate in a research project carried out by the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. For this project, we will be collecting images of body modifications to establish a database which may aid in the identification of victims and missing persons, for example in a disaster.
By collecting a large number of images of tattoos, piercings and other body modifications, not only can we develop a more uniform way of describing those modifications but also establish how individualistic certain body modifications are within a population, social group or age group. For example, when someone is found with a tattoo of a dragon on the lower left leg, the database may be consulted to see how many people have a dragon tattoo on the lower left leg, and more specifically, how many of those have the same dragon tattoo in this location to establish how individualistic this body modification is. This information may help to indicate the identity of a person with more certainty when other (more conclusive) identification data, such as DNA and dental information, are unavailable.
The images may also be used to develop computerised image enhancement and automated image comparison techniques for body modifications to help in the victim identification process. The latter is useful when a photo of a missing person with a tattoo is available to compare with a number of photos of victims with similar tattoos.The database of images will be used to research and develop aids for the identification of victims in disasters and missing person investigations.
An amazing project - click the link for further details!
9/11: Identifying victims 10 years on
A moving article from the Telegraph about the scientists that have worked ceaselessly since 9/11 to identify missing victims through DNA profiling.
The photograph shows a man working in the New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner “Bone Lab” where fragments of human bone found at the World Trade Center site are examined.
Photo: Adam Nadel.
Click the photo to access the full article.