Forensic Anthropology and Missing Persons Investigations

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The role of the forensic anthropologist in a missing persons case can often be both invaluable and extensive, stretching from the search phase, through location and recovery to assist in identification of the individual. Forensic anthropologists play a strong role in these cases in both the domestic sphere and in humanitarian investigations and mass disasters where utilisation of their skills can reduce the time taken for a search, ensure accurate recovery of remains and lead to strong intelligence on which to base the identification process. This chapter examines the role of the forensic anthropologist through each phase of any investigation, outlining the skills which can support an investigation including the creation of a biological profile which can eventually lead to a successful identification of the remains recovered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Missing Persons
EditorsStephen Morewitz, Caroline Sturdy Colls
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319401997
ISBN (Print)9783319401973
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


  • Biological profile
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Identification
  • Missing persons
  • Search and recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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