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Disaster victim identification operations with fragmented, burnt, or commingled remains: experience-based recommendations

Recent article from the Forensic Sciences Research journal

Human-made and natural disasters can result in severely fragmented, compromised, and commingled human remains. The related disaster victim identification (DVI) operations are invariably challenging, with the state of the remains potentially precluding some identifications. Practitioners involved in these DVI operations will routinely face logistical, practical, and ethical challenges.

This review provides information and guidance derived from first-hand experiences to individuals tasked with managing DVI operations with fragmented human remains.

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