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Postmortem Fingerprinting and Unidentified Human Remains
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Fingerprint identification is the most efficient, rapid, and cost-effective forensic identification modality. Postmortem Fingerprinting and Unidentified Human Remains is a consolidated and thorough guide to the recovery, identification, and management of unidentified postmortem fingerprint records - topics from postmortem fingerprint processing to database submission and case management are discussed. Additionally, a postmortem processing workflow is described, which delineates various basic and advanced fingerprint recovery techniques used to acquire examination-quality records. Furthermore, Postmortem Fingerprinting and Unidentified Human Remains discusses the complexity of antemortem fingerprint databases and how to access each database for humanitarian purposes, bringing a modern value perspective to the topic.
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Marzena (Mary-Ann) Mulawka, originally from Chicago, is currently the Identification Coordinator for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner and coordinates the agency's Fingerprint Unit operations. Marzena is also an intermittent Medicolegal Investigator for the Victim Information Center Team, part of the federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team. She has her undergraduate degree from Urbana, IL and graduate degree from San Diego, CA. Her Master's Thesis and subsequent publications depict research that revealed a large gap in knowledge of fingerprint acquisition and submission of unidentified deceased fingerprint records. Her current position, graduate research, and prior experience with unidentified persons at the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office have lead to the identification of over 250 unidentified deceased, some cold cases dating back to the 1970s. Larry S. Miller is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology at East Tennessee State University. He is the author of several books on topics including criminal investigation, criminal justice report writing, police photography, and more.

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"This concise, well-illustrated book delivers per its title. It is logically organized... the author should be congratulated on collecting together the various methods of taking and comparing fingerprints obtained post mortem. A basis for research is well-founded in this volume."-- Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, April 13, 2014 "Overall this text provides a useful resource and working manual to those working in the identification of human remains."- Ruth Buckley, CSEye (The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences)

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