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Searching for concealed human remains using GPR imaging of decomposition
Author(s): Michelle L. Miller; Robert S. Freeland; Steven Koppenjan
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Paper Abstract

Locating clandestine burials of human remains has longchallenged law-enforcement officials investigating criminal activity, and continues to confront scientific disciplines in finding well-defined procedures. Forensic specialists and law enforcement agencies have noted that multidisciplinary search efforts are becoming more of a necessity in searching for buried remains. Collaborative research at The University of Tennessee's Anthropological Research Facility (ARF) in Knoxville supports this concept. We are correlating groundpenetrating radar (GPR) imaging with postmortem processes. Decompositional stages and rate imagery are presented that utilize sweep-frequency radar and timeelapsed imaging. Greater accuracy in predicting clandestine burials using dynamic GPR anomaly detection will reduce widespread excavations and may better assist lawenforcement personnel in obtaining site-specific search warrants.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4758, Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, (12 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.462240
Show Author Affiliations
Michelle L. Miller, Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)
Robert S. Freeland, Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)
Steven Koppenjan, Bechtal Nevada/Special Technologies Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4758:
Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar
Steven Koppenjan; Hua Lee, Editor(s)

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