Crime Scene Revisited

Recovering the tragic evidence of a corrupt regime


In the fall of 2004, an archaeological team organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the first of seven missions to recover human remains from mass gravesites in Iraq. As part of that team, David Knoerlein was in charge of managing the digital photographic evidence that was collected during the excavation of those sites and the analysis of the recovered human remains and artifacts. The above image was captured by Knoerlein. It shows an elevated view of the Forensic Analysis Facility (FAF) that was established by the team in Baghdad. Here, the clothing and personal artifacts removed from one gravesite—including women’s jewelry and children’s toys—dry in the sun while the staff compiles an inventory. A full feature article on Knoerlein’s mission will be in the next issue of Evidence Technology Magazine.

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March-April 2008 (Volume 6, Number 2)
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IN A HOMICIDE CASE, the recovery of latent impressions from a body is just one more step that should be taken in the process of completing a thorough search. This article is directed at crime-scene technicians and the supervisors who support and direct evidence-recovery operations both in the field and in the controlled settings of the medical examiner’s office or the morgue under the coroner’s direction.