FALW researchers in cold case forensic team

Researchers Laura Font and Gareth Davies use state-of-the art isotope geochemistry techniques to help in the identification of unidentified bodies in Amsterdam.

06/07/2012 | 3:57 PM

Laura Font and Gareth Davies (Forensic Science Research part of The Deep Earth and Planetary Science group) are collaborating with the cold case team from Amsterdam-Amstelland Police to help in the identification of unidentified bodies found over the last 30 years in Amsterdam. The cold case team has re-opened about 90 cases.

The Deep Earth and Planetary Science team are using state-of-the art isotope geochemistry techniques to answer fundamental questions relating to the person’s place of birth and length of residence in The Netherlands. These data are combined with new DNA and pathology studies in an attempt to make progress in these open cases. A progress report about the project was presented on "Nieuwsuur" on 6-6-2012 and can be watched again on:

http://www.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1262198

A summary of the research being carried out by the Forensic Science Research group part of The Deep Earth and Planetary Science team can be checked on the website: http://www.falw.vu.nl/nl/onderzoek/earth-sciences/petrology/research/forensic-science/index.asp