The Recovery of Human Remains from a Vehicle Submerged for 43 Years Using a Marine Venturi Vacuum System

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Amy Michael
Leslie Fitzpatrick
Marcella H. Sorg
Steffen Poltak
Kyana Burgess
Alyssa R. Moreau


Forensic recovery of submerged human remains may present logistical challenges for forensic anthropologists. In the case reported here, a decedent was recovered from a submerged car that could not be moved or dissembled per environmental safety standards. A recovery approach uniting forensic anthropologists, dive teams, and private contractors operating a marine venturi vacuum system resulted in a successful and nearly complete recovery.

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