Title

Effectiveness of Household Chemicals in Disposal of Human Remains

Date

6-1-2017 11:00 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 1:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Forensic Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The purpose of this experiment is to determine the effectiveness of household chemicals in disposal of human remains, using chemicals easily accessible to general public. Empirical data on the use of household chemicals could aid in forensic investigations involving this method in disposal of human remains. Chemicals being used in this experiment include bleach, acetone, vinegar, muriatic acid, and drain cleaner. Single flesh and unfleshed pig ribs were submerged in each chemical solution within a mason jar for 4 weeks. One rib, serving as a control, was placed in a mason jar filled with bottled water. Macroscopic changes were described and photographed. Through this experiment, we will be able to better understand the breakdown of flesh and bones by chemicals.

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Jun 1st, 11:00 AM Jun 1st, 1:00 PM

Effectiveness of Household Chemicals in Disposal of Human Remains

WUC Pacific Room

The purpose of this experiment is to determine the effectiveness of household chemicals in disposal of human remains, using chemicals easily accessible to general public. Empirical data on the use of household chemicals could aid in forensic investigations involving this method in disposal of human remains. Chemicals being used in this experiment include bleach, acetone, vinegar, muriatic acid, and drain cleaner. Single flesh and unfleshed pig ribs were submerged in each chemical solution within a mason jar for 4 weeks. One rib, serving as a control, was placed in a mason jar filled with bottled water. Macroscopic changes were described and photographed. Through this experiment, we will be able to better understand the breakdown of flesh and bones by chemicals.