Forensic Analysis Laboratory

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

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.

Radiographic Identification

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.

Trauma Analysis

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.