Gunshot wound in skeletonised human remains with partial adipocere formation

Faridah Mohd Nor*, Srijit Das

*Corresponding author for this work

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We present a case of skeletonised human remains. In the present case report, a body was exhumed from the ground above a cemetery. On exhumation, the body was partially-skeletonised with adipocere formation on the upper part of the body. Autopsy of the body showed two bullets in the right thigh muscle and lumbar vertebrae between L4 and L5. Postmortem changes and destruction of soft tissue made it impossible to determine direction of fire through the body, even in a careful complete autopsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adipocere
  • Autopsy
  • Bullet
  • Exhumation
  • Forensic
  • Human
  • Remains
  • Skeletonised

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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