Pringle, JK and Jervis, JR (2010) Electrical resistivity survey to search for a recent clandestine burial of a homicide victim, UK. Forensic Science International, 202 (1-3). e1 - e7. ISSN 0379-0738

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Abstract

This case report details an electrical resistivity survey to assist the search for a suspected 1-year-old clandestine burial of a murder victim in North Wales in the UK. Conventional search techniques (victim recovery dogs and probing) proved unsuccessful, and with a significant survey area and a high clay content soil precluding GPR as a geophysical search method, a resistivity survey was instead trialled. Ten resistivity grids were collected and site detrended with user-specified, contoured anomalies being generated. The resulting anomalies were compared to anomalies derived from similar-aged, simulated clandestine burial surveys. Seven anomalies with comparative sizes and amplitudes (±3Ω) of the simulated burials were identified within the search area and prioritised for further investigation. The shallowly buried victim was subsequently recovered outside the survey area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: burial, crime victims, electric impedance, female, forensic sciences, geographic information systems, geological phenomena, homicide, humans, soil, forensic geoscience, geophysics, resistivity, clandestine grave
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2015 08:48
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015 08:48
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/840

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