Chemistry and Forensic Science Colloquium

A spoonful of Murder: The evolving science of body recovery

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Seminars

As part of the School of Science and Technology Chemistry and Forensic Science Colloquium Prof John Cassella and Dr Alison Davidson, Staffordshire University presents:

A spoonful of Murder: The evolving science of body recovery

  • From: Wednesday 24 October 2018, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 24 October 2018, 2 pm
  • Location: 193, Erasmus Darwin, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

As part of the School of Science and Technology Chemistry and Forensic Science Colloquium Prof John Cassella and Dr Alison Davidson, Staffordshire University presents: A spoonful of Murder: The evolving science of body recovery.

Abstract

Imagine the scenario, a person has been missing for some time, the family are extremely distressed, the Police have limited information to go on. Information leads the investigation to a remote area of land suggesting a  body may have been buried somewhere in an area the size of a football pitch. Where do you start to look ?

The Senior Investigating Officer has a number of opportunities to attempt to locate the body buried in what would be classed as a clandestine grave.  
Methods currently used to detect clandestine graves include; botany, entomology, aerial photography, thermal imaging, ground penetrating radar, sonar, odour analysis and victim remains detection dogs.


Now there are new techniques in the Police tool kit – the chemical analyses of soil and indeed water for the location of a clandestinely buried body.  
These techniques may speed-up the investigative process and save public money, aid the UK Criminal Justice system and help families of missing persons to finally know what had happened to them.

This seminar is hosted by Dr Jennifer Miller

All welcome.

For any queries please contact Dr Sophie Benjamin

Location details

Room/Building:

193, Erasmus Darwin

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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