Unidentified Skeletal Remains
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EXACT LOCATION OF DISCOVERY - IF URBAN, GIVE STREET ADDRESS, CROSSROADS, ETC.
IF RURAL, PROVIDE:
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:
WEATHER CONDITIONS AT TIME OF DISCOVERY: CLEAR, SUNNY, RAIN, SNOW, ETC:
RECENT WEATHER IN VICINITY:
GRASSES & SHRUBS
HEAVY STANDS OF TREES:
GROUND WHERE BODY WAS FOUND:
CONDITION OF REMAINS (ANSWER YES/NO)
EXCESSIVE DENTAL WEAR?
ARTIFACT PRESENT – IF YES WHAT?
TRAUMA – IF YES WHERE?
WHAT KIND OF TRAUMA?
NAME OF INVESTIGATOR
This form is to completed in addition to the ROD form in these guidelines
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
ADULT (OVER 18 YOA)
AM/PM POSSIBLE DESTINATION:
DATE OF BIRTH:
PLACE OF BIRTH (CITY/STATE)
COLOR OF HAIR:
LENGTH OF HAIR:
COLOR OF EYES:
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
FBI# (IF KNOWN):
FINGERPRINTS AVAILABLE (WHERE):
DENTAL RECORDS AVAILABLE:
MEDICAL RECORDS 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
OTHER INFORMATION NOT ADDRESSED ON THIS FORM: