Figure 10-2. - Remains from immersion in water for two weeks.
identification. Again tattoos are soft tissue evidence and therefore are prone to easy destruction by environmental effect. For many reasons, tattoos should be used only as a secondary means to a positive ID.
Personal effects may include anything that is found on the body of the deceased that can be used to assist in establishing the identity of the individual. Drivers' licenses, credit cards, ID cards, ID badges, and passports are just a few such items. In the military, dog 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 theContinue Reading