role of the forensic anthropologist
As a Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Heather Garvin can provide important case information by examining the skeletal remains. These analyses typically help the Medical Examiner or Coroner identify an unknown decedent or unravel the circusmtances around the death.
identifying Unknown Decedents:
Inventory of remains and minimum number of individuals represented
Estimating a Biological Profile to assist in searching missing persons files:
Estimation of Biological Sex
Estimation of Ancestry/Population Affinity
Estimation of Age
Estimation of Stature
Documentation of skeletal anomalies, pathologies, or healed trauma to assist with ID
Perform radiographic comparisons (e.g., comparison of antemortem x-ray of suspected identity to postmortem x-ray) for identification. This can be done with any body regions.
Reconstruction of fragmented remains.
Circumstances of Death:
Sharp Force Trauma (including dismemberments)
High Velocity Projectile (e.g., GSW) Trauma
Blunt Force Trauma
Thermal (e.g., Fire) Modification
Antemortem Trauma (e.g., suspected abuse cases)
Differentiate postmortem modifications from trauma
Document & interpret animal activity, dispersal of remains context of remains
Determine whether scene represents a primary or secondary deposition
Provide rough estimtes of time since deposition