Title

Fire, Accelerants and Forensic Odontology

Date

5-31-2018 8:00 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 10:00 AM

Location

WUC Summit Room

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Forensic Anthropology posters

Presentation Type

Poster session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Abstract

Forensic odontologists focus on the identification of teeth in legal investigations. Some cases may involve the identification of burn victims based on their dental records. Since teeth inherently do not burn well, odontologists are able to identify burn victims from their teeth after their bodies have been completely eradicated. In this experiment we will use fire and three different types of accelerants (Gasoline, Diesel, and Acetone) to determine when teeth will start to breakdown to the point that identification is not possible. We will include a control, in which teeth will burn in a natural fire without accelerant. We will then perform the same experiment with three types of accelerants listed above to observe how each accelerant breaks down teeth. It is our estimation that with the accelerants we will start to see the beginning stages of breakdown, but not enough to prevent victim identification.

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May 31st, 8:00 AM May 31st, 10:00 AM

Fire, Accelerants and Forensic Odontology

WUC Summit Room

Forensic odontologists focus on the identification of teeth in legal investigations. Some cases may involve the identification of burn victims based on their dental records. Since teeth inherently do not burn well, odontologists are able to identify burn victims from their teeth after their bodies have been completely eradicated. In this experiment we will use fire and three different types of accelerants (Gasoline, Diesel, and Acetone) to determine when teeth will start to breakdown to the point that identification is not possible. We will include a control, in which teeth will burn in a natural fire without accelerant. We will then perform the same experiment with three types of accelerants listed above to observe how each accelerant breaks down teeth. It is our estimation that with the accelerants we will start to see the beginning stages of breakdown, but not enough to prevent victim identification.