Identification of war victims from mass graves in Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina by the use of standard forensic methods and DNA typing

Dragan Primorac, Simun Andelinovic, Marija Definis-Gojanovic, Irena Drmic, Boja Rezic, Michael M. Baden, Mitchell A. Kennedy, Moses S. Schanfield, Stephen B. Skakel, Henry C. Lee

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Abstract

The postmortem remains of sixty-one war victims were excavated from 6 mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina one and a half years after interment. Using standard identification methods, including the matching of medical and dental records, the recognition of distinguishing characteristics such as the use of clothing and belongings, and video superimposition, 35 persons were identified. For the remaining 26 persons identification efforts continue. DNA typing was performed at the HLA DQAI locus and five PM system loci. Results from DNA typing were confirmed by other methods. DNA profiles of family members of 150 missing persons are now being developed using the 6 loci. These DNA profiles will then be compared with those generated from the bone and teeth remains of the unidentified victims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)891-894
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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