Figure 10-18.Computer Assisted Postmortem Identification (CAPMI).
presented their evidence and all inconsistencies have
been explained or addressed should the Identification
Center chief sign the case out as a positive ID. After
the case has been signed out as a positive ID, the
antemortem and postmortem dental records and
associated evidence should be combined with the
summary sheet into a single completed file. The
antemortem composite dental record should be placed
in the completed file only if the full dentition was
present with the remains or if all dental/oral fragments
have been recovered. If this is not the case and an
additional oral fragment is recovered, thepostmortem
fragment may go unidentified since the necessary
antemortem dental record was placed in the completed
file. This mistake is made in almost every disaster.
Please avoid it! In the consolidation process, the
antemortem and postmortem dental radiographs that
provided the conclusive evidence of the positive dental
identification should be photographed. These
photographs or slides are indispensable for record
keeping purposes and provide a superior method of
displaying the evidence in court.
EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, AND
The following equipment, supplies, and
facilities as listed in Tables 10-1, 10-2, and 10-3 are
recommended for use in forensic dental operations.
The items mentioned below are only a recommended
list. Most of the equipment and supplies can be
maintained in a medium-size tackle box and canvas
bags for immediate availability and easy transport to
the ID site. Your command should plan to add or
subtract items or change quantities according to your