Postmortem Fingerprint Recovery

photoFingerprinting is an inexpensive, rapid, and efficient way to identify human remains. However, recovering postmortem fingerprints from unidentified human remains can often be troublesome, especially when the remains are decomposed, mummified/dehydrated, bloated, or charred. In the event of a mass disaster, recovering examination-quality fingerprint records in a timely fashion is also critical. I have learned and trained various techniques1,2 to recover examination-quality fingerprints from postmortem remains, in order to submit for searching and/or comparison.

Let me and my team train you and your colleagues on these various reconditioning and recovery techniques, before a mass disaster strikes.

Note: I only train in postmortem fingerprint recovery, not comparison of the antemortem and postmortem fingerprints for identification.

Postmortem Fingerprinting and Unidentified Human Remains, 1st Edition
Author- Marzena Mulawka
“This concise, well-illustrated book delivers per its title. It is logically organized… the author should be congratulated on collecting together the various methods of taking and comparing fingerprints obtained post mortem. A basis for research is well-founded in this volume.”–Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, April 13, 2014

1. Mulawka, M., Mosco, M., Uhle, A., Mokleby, L. (2013, February). The Efficacy of Combining Various Fingerprint Acquisition Techniques to Obtain Examination-Quality Postmortem Fingerprints from Unidentified Human Remains. Research presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; Washington, DC.
2. Mulawka, M. (2013, December). Forensic Studies for Criminal Justice Series: Postmortem Fingerprinting and Unidentified Human Remains. Elsevier Inc./Anderson Publishing; Waltham, MA