Disinterment from paving materials: Use of heavy equipment for exhumation and examination of bodies

D. A. Hawley, R. C. Harruff, J. E. Pless, M. A. Clark

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Abstract

Common paving materials-concrete and asphalt-pose an unusual and complex barrier to disinterment and examination of human remains. Although not commonly encountered, these materials are seen with sufficient frequency to justify consideration the procedures and equipment necessary for disinterment. Over a seven year period we have encountered paving materials seven times. In each of these cases, the material was slightly different in quality, and different tools-including heavy construction equipment-were necessary. Sometimes the paving material could be managed without heavy power tools, but occasionally specialized construction tools have proven very useful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-106
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume39
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994

Keywords

  • death investigation
  • exhumation
  • forensic science
  • paving materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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    Hawley, D. A., Harruff, R. C., Pless, J. E., & Clark, M. A. (1994). Disinterment from paving materials: Use of heavy equipment for exhumation and examination of bodies. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 39(1), 100-106.