Circumstances Surrounding Death

Identification may be impossible to make based on the few remains discovered at the scene; however, the circumstances in which the remains are discovered may allow an identification to be made. For example, if only a few pieces of a body are located in a burned-out house, an identification cannot be made based on any scientific testing. However, if the owner of the house was last seen in the house, and if there is no reason to believe the remains are those of some other person, a presumptive identification of the owner can still be made.

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