Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fascinating Stuff

This afternoon, my co-worker and I visited a detective at the local police department. He is the resident sketcher so he sketches suspects from victim accounts. He also does facial reconstructions. He had some interesting stories. In 2007, a digger struck a metal coffin in Lexington, Mo. while preparing a plot for an upcoming funeral.

There was no marker so no one knew for sure the person's identity. They contacted the local university's anthropology department. The department studied the bones and discovered that the woman died of TB in her 20's in the 1850's. The detective was asked to do a facial reconstruction. He showed us several sketches that he did and, through his images, it was like she came back to life. It was pretty incredible.

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