Recovery of skeletal remains

When a body is deposited, or an individual dies where they fall, it can be some time before the remains are found. They are then a food source and so open to predation from animals. A forensic anthropologist at the scene of body recovery will greatly assist the recovery of as much of the body as is possible.

The forensic anthropologist will advise on:

  • How to search for the remains
  • How to lift the remains
  • How to bag and transport the remains
  • How to label the remains
  • Which skeletal elements are present and which absent
  • Where to look for the missing elements which might have been removed by animal predation
  • A quick evaluation of biological identity can be undertaken at the scene but will require more detailed investigation in the mortuary