The ubiquitous presence of plant species makes forensic botany useful for many criminal cases. Particularly,bryoplrytes are useful for forensic investigations because many of them are clonal and largely distributed. Bryophyte shoots can easily become attached to shoes and clothes and it is possible to be found on footwear, providing links between crime scene and individuals. We report a case of suicide of a young girl happened in Siena, Tuscany, Italia. The cause of traumatic injuries could be ascribed to suicide, to homicide, or to accident. In absence ofeyewitnesses who could testily the dynamics ofthe event, the crime scene investigation was fundamental to clarify the accident. During the scene analysis, some lragments of Tortula muralis Hedw. and Bryum capillare Hedw were for-rnd. The fragments were analyzed by a bryologists in order to compare them with the moss present on the stairs that the victim used immediately before the death. The analysrs of these bryophytes found at the crime scene allowed to reconstruct the accident. Even if this evidence, of course, is circumstantial, it can be useful in forensic cases, together with the other evidences, to reconstruct the dynarnics of events.

Margiotta, G., Bacaro, G., Carnevali, E., Severini, S., Bacci, M., Gabbrielli, M. (2014). Forensic botany as a useful tool in the crime scene: Report of a case. JOURNAL OF FORENSIC AND LEGAL MEDICINE, 34, 24-28 [10.1016/j.jflm.2015.05.003].

Forensic botany as a useful tool in the crime scene: Report of a case

Bacaro, Giovanni;Gabbrielli, Mario
2014-01-01

Abstract

The ubiquitous presence of plant species makes forensic botany useful for many criminal cases. Particularly,bryoplrytes are useful for forensic investigations because many of them are clonal and largely distributed. Bryophyte shoots can easily become attached to shoes and clothes and it is possible to be found on footwear, providing links between crime scene and individuals. We report a case of suicide of a young girl happened in Siena, Tuscany, Italia. The cause of traumatic injuries could be ascribed to suicide, to homicide, or to accident. In absence ofeyewitnesses who could testily the dynamics ofthe event, the crime scene investigation was fundamental to clarify the accident. During the scene analysis, some lragments of Tortula muralis Hedw. and Bryum capillare Hedw were for-rnd. The fragments were analyzed by a bryologists in order to compare them with the moss present on the stairs that the victim used immediately before the death. The analysrs of these bryophytes found at the crime scene allowed to reconstruct the accident. Even if this evidence, of course, is circumstantial, it can be useful in forensic cases, together with the other evidences, to reconstruct the dynarnics of events.
Margiotta, G., Bacaro, G., Carnevali, E., Severini, S., Bacci, M., Gabbrielli, M. (2014). Forensic botany as a useful tool in the crime scene: Report of a case. JOURNAL OF FORENSIC AND LEGAL MEDICINE, 34, 24-28 [10.1016/j.jflm.2015.05.003].
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