Identification of adipocere in grave soils

Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd
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Forensic Science International, 2002, 127 (N/A), pp. 225 - 230
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Soil samples recovered from grave exhumations have been analysed in an attempt to identify and characterise adipocere contained in the samples. The soil samples were collected from different environments, including samples recovered from forensic grave sites. Gas chromatographymass spectrometry (GCMS) was employed to identify adipocere and characterise the fatty acid composition. X-ray diffraction was used to characterise the soil environments.
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