Selfies shed light on missing people cases

Press/Media: Research

Period25 Aug 2019

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  • TitleSelfies shed light on missing people cases
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Sunday Times
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionSelfies posted on social media are set to become a vital tool in helping to solve missing persons cases, say Scottish academics.
    Dental records remain one of the best ways of identifying human remains but with many people reluctant to visit a dentist, selfies could enable dental comparisons.
    Researchers at Dundee University have added selfies to a list of “supplementary paraphernalia” for police to consider during an investigation.
    Dr Claire Sallis, from the university’s school of dentistry, says the ideal selfie is taken at a 90-degree angle, with the front teeth on display from “canine to canine”.
    She said: “Teeth alignments differ between individuals. Some people may have experienced orthodontic treatment and others not. However, these alignments can be useful during comparative dental analysis, and…

    PersonsScheila Manica, Claire Sallis