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Search and Rescue

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"Can deceased missing persons be identified by antemortem photographs of the face? " (by "Zuzana Caplova , Davide Porta , Daniele Gibelli , Debora Mazzarelli , Danilo De Angelis , Tony Fracasso , Chiarella Sforza , Zuzana Obertova , Cristina Cattaneo ")



The recent increase in dead migrants has led to an increasing need for identifying bodies by other means than dental or DNA analysis. In the case of migrants from less developed countries such identification is not possible due to the lack of ante mortem material for comparison. Therefore with relation to dead migrants ante mortem data is available very rarely, especially if based on advanced technologies (for example, CT scan and NMR analyses), and in some cases they cannot be safely requested from the relatives from geographical areas where the emigration is considered a crime by the existing government, which can involve the relatives still residing within the borders of the original country. The request for ante mortem material even through non-governmental associations, in these conditions risk informing the political authorities that one or more of their citizens left the country, and therefore could provoke a reprisal against the relatives of the victim.






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