Sunday, February 5, 2012

Investigators hope circulating photos will help identify unknown remains

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
Some investigators with long unsolved cases of unidentified bodies have decided to post photographs of them online to try to identify them.
The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office in Wisconsin began putting photographs of unidentified deceased on its web site in December, and the site now features cases going back to the 1970s.
Michael Simley, a forensic investigator with the Milwaukee office, said its new website feature so far hasn’t led to any positive identification of remains, but it has led to tips and promising leads. According to Simley, it is modeled after similar programs in other jurisdictions that have had success identifying people this way.

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