Unidentified Skeletal Remains

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THE SCENE
EXACT LOCATION OF DISCOVERY - IF URBAN, GIVE STREET ADDRESS, CROSSROADS, ETC.
IF RURAL, PROVIDE:
TOWNSHIP:
RANGE:
SECTION:
QUARTER SEC:
TRIANGULATE BY DISTANCE FROM NEAREST ROAD(S), LANDMARK(S) OR BENCHMARK (LAW
ENFORCEMENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE PARTICULARS)
EXACT LOCATION OF BODY (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY):
SHALLOW BURIAL - DEPTH:
DEEP BURIAL - DEPTH:
ON SURFACE
SUBMERGED
PARTLY SUBMERGED
RIVER
LAKE
DITCH
STOCK TANK
ARROYO
SAND BAR
OTHER:
BURROW PIT/DITCH
UNDER TREE/BUSH
IN VEHICLE/STRUCTURE
WEATHER CONDITIONS AT TIME OF DISCOVERY: CLEAR, SUNNY, RAIN, SNOW, ETC:
RECENT WEATHER IN VICINITY:
VEGETATION:
PLANTED FIELD
SCATTERED GRASSES
GRASSES & SHRUBS
SCATTERED TREES:
PINON
EVERGREENS
DECIDUOUS
HEAVY STANDS OF TREES:
GROUND WHERE BODY WAS FOUND:
BARE ROCK
MUD
SAND
GRAVEL
DESERT PAN
TALUS SLOPE
CAVE/CREVICE/ROCK SHELTER
CULVERT
CONDITION OF REMAINS (ANSWER YES/NO)
ADHERING FLESH?
DENTAL RESTORATIONS?
EXCESSIVE DENTAL WEAR?
OCCIPITAL FLATTENING?
ARTIFACT PRESENT – IF YES WHAT?
CLOTHING
POTTERY
TRAUMA – IF YES WHERE?
WHAT KIND OF TRAUMA?
NAME OF INVESTIGATOR
DMI#
UNIDENTIFIED/SKELETAL REMAINS
This form is to completed in addition to the ROD form in these guidelines
INTRODUCTION:
The following information and the accompanying flow chart is provided to aid you when summoned to the scene of any skeletal remains. During this process, touching or altering must be limited to only that required assessing the case. After the initial assessment you should call the Central Office from the scene for further instructions. DO NOT TAKE THE REMAINS UNTIL ADVISED TO DO SO BY THE CENTRAL OFFICE.
LOCATION:
Meticulously document the specific location and secure the scene as best as possible under the circumstances. This aids those who need to respond immediately, as well as anyone who needs to revisit the scene at a later date.
HUMAN VS. NONHUMAN:
Human teeth, jaws and skull are readily recognized, as are some of the long bones.
UNDETERMINED:
When you are unable to make a clear determination call the central office for instructions. DO NOT CALL ANTHROPOLOGY DIRECTLY – MAY USE LOCAL ANTHRO EXPERT FOR ASSISTANCE.
MODERN VS. ANCIENT:
The presence of artifacts will aid in the determination of modern or ancient. Modern artifacts would be pieces of cloth, metal, etc., whereas pieces of pottery, projectile points, etc., represent Ancient remains. Do not rely on the color of bones when making your determination. Bones that are heavily bleached and cracked may be modern. This same caution applies to excessive dental wear. When in doubt call the central office.
REPORTS:
A ROD is required for ALL bone cases. Specify on the ROD whether the remains are ancient, modern, or nonhuman. A case number will not be assigned to ancient or nonhuman remains that are left in the field. A log will be kept of these cases in the Central Office.
SHPO:
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Office of Cultural Affairs has statutory responsibility to be notified of any unmarked burial site when there is no medicolegal significance to the remains or accompanying funerary objects. This law applies to both public and private lands.
FACT SHEET - FOR PRESUMED IDENTIFICATIONS
(BE CAREFUL NOT TO SUGGEST INFORMATION TO THE CALLER OR GIVE INFORMATION UNTIL
ALL DETAILS ARE GIVEN BY THE CALLER.)
NAME OF CALLER:
TELEPHONE #:
ADDRESS:
CITY/STATE/ZIP
NON-FAMILY ABDUCTION
PARENTAL ABDUCTION
RUNAWAY
ADULT (OVER 18 YOA)
OTHER (EXPLAIN):
LAST NAME:
FIRST NAME:
MI:
NICKNAMES/ALIASES:
DATE MISSING:
TIME:
AM/PM POSSIBLE DESTINATION:
AGE:
DATE OF BIRTH:
PLACE OF BIRTH (CITY/STATE)
RACE:
SEX:
HEIGHT:
WEIGHT:
COLOR OF HAIR:
LENGTH OF HAIR:
CURLY/WAVY/STRAIGHT
COLOR OF EYES:
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
FBI# (IF KNOWN):
BLOOD TYPE:
FINGERPRINTS AVAILABLE (WHERE):
DENTAL RECORDS AVAILABLE:
MEDICAL RECORDS AVAILABLE:
PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE:
CLOTHING DESCRIPTION (LAST SEEN WEARING):
LOCATION LAST SEEN (INCLUDE CITY & STATE):
MENTAL STATE (DEPRESSED, SUICIDAL, ETC):
HOBBIES & INTERESTS:
ASSOCIATIONS & HANGOUTS:
IDENTIFYING MARKS, SCARS, TATTOOS, PIERCING, ETC.? (USE BODY DIAGRAM AND DRAW IF
APPROPRIATE):
OTHER INFORMATION NOT ADDRESSED ON THIS FORM: