Forensic Analysis Laboratory
Our laboratory also assists law enforcement agencies in the discovery of clandestine burials and recovery of surface and buried remains
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The Forensic Analysis Laboratory holds the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner contract through NC DHHS for forensic anthropological casework for North Carolina
Human identification is achieved via modern methods of skeletal analysis and the development of a biological profile such as biological sex, age-at-death, ancestry (using geometric morphometrics and isotopic analysis to establish place of origin), stature, and unique antemortem characteristics of unidentified decedents.
Side-by-side radiographic comparisons of antemortem and postmortem radiographs are utilized to make a positive identification of presumptive ID's, which compose approximately forty percent of our case work. Radiograph project.
An important aspect of skeletal analysis is determining the mechanism of injury, fracture patterns. Interpreting the number, and sequence, which helps the Medical Examiner establish the cause of death and whether a crime was committed.