Disaster victim identification, identification of missing persons and immigration cases

John S. Buckleton, Jo Anne Bright, Duncan Taylor

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In earlier chapters we considered the evaluation of evidence from single genetic profiles, from mixtures of profiles derived from two or more unrelated individuals and in Chapter 11 from three individuals, two of whom are the parents of the third. In this chapter we generalize the approach from a paternity trio to consider evidence from the profiles from a number of individuals who are members of a more complex pedigree. The methods discussed in this chapter
will allow us to consider situations such as the identification of missing persons, the evaluation of the genetic closeness of relationships in immigration cases* and the identification of victims of disasters. In each of these cases we observe the profiles of several people and wish to use these to compare the likelihood of observing two or more postulated sets of relationships between the individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic DNA Evidence Interpretation
EditorsJohn S. Buckleton, Jo-Anne Bright, Duncan Taylor
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages32
EditionSecond Edition
ISBN (Electronic)9781482258929
ISBN (Print)9781482258899
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • DNA casework
  • Peter Gill
  • DNA analysis
  • Interpretation of test results
  • DNA frequencies
  • LCN (ultra trace) analysis
  • Non-autosomal (mito, X, and Y) DNA analysis


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