Figure 10-2.Remains from immersion in water for two weeks.
identification. Again tattoos are soft tissue evidence
assist in establishing the identity of the individual.
and therefore are prone to easy destruction by
Drivers' licenses, credit cards, ID cards, ID badges, and
environmental effect. For many reasons, tattoos should
passports are just a few such items. In the military, dog
be used only as a secondary means to a positive ID.
tags are used specifically for this purpose. Other
examples of personnel effects that may be helpful in
establishing an identity include name tags sewn into
clothing, distinctive jewelry, inscribed jewelry, and
family photographs. Personal effects, however, are the
Personal effects may include anything that is
found on the body of the deceased that can be used to