Original Broadcast Date: Tuesday April 12, 2016
Most commonly, searches for clandestine remains have utilized time-consuming methods such as line searches that require the support of many individuals to scour a typically large area. Only in recent years has the use of near-infrared imagery been experimented with as a means of uncovering clandestine graves and surface remains. Because NIR photographs can be obtained using small, remotely controlled aircraft or aerial drones, large areas can be surveyed for clandestine remains remotely, thereby minimizing the need to involve a substantial group of people in the search. In so doing, potentially dangerous locations can be searched without great risk, disturbances to forensically significant sites will be minimized, and the area that personnel must search will be reduced and more precisely understood.
As an attendee, you will learn more about:
- How CDIs present in the NIR spectrum
- What chemicals affect the NIR signature of CDIs
- How time affects the prominence of the NIR signature of CDIs
- Future avenues for the methodology
Marilyn Isaacks is a recent graduate of Texas State University’s Anthropology program. Her thesis research has been presented at the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in 2016 and was featured in an episode of Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet. Marilyn holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in biological anthropology with a focus on forensics.
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