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An apparently jawless cadaver: A case of post-mortem slippage.
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PMID:  22137047     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Passer-by witnesses reported a human cadaver in woodland associated with an agricultural college to police in Northern Ireland. The cadaver comprised reasonably preserved feet, legs and pelvis, with poorly preserved arms and torso, lying with the torso down-slope abutting a fallen tree. A search of the area around the torso, and for some 20m around, failed to find the cranium and mandible. The mandible was found, embedded inside the chest cavity. The cranium was found some 30m away. The victim was later identified as a 24-year old drug addict who had absconded from a local hospital. Mapping of the area led us to speculate that he had tripped and fallen down-slope: other reasons for the body location were also considered. After death, the cadaver had further slipped down-slope forcing the mandible into the chest cavity: slippage of human remains is well-known in forensic and archaeological literature but not well documented. Knowledge of this process of cadaver 'slip' may save wasted police resources in future similar environments where the mandible, and possible other nearby bones appear missing yet are inside the body.
Alastair Ruffell; Eileen Murphy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-04-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science & justice : journal of the Forensic Science Society     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1355-0306     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci. Justice     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508563     Medline TA:  Sci Justice     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  150-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Forensic Science Society. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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