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Nov 28, 2009
hair analysis

yes you can tell if a hair has come was someone who is dead. At the proximal end of the hair ie the root end you get was is called a postmortem band, I call it a death band, some call it a putrid root. Studies state that it will take at least 7 days for this band to form. The band can only be formed while the hair is still adhered. The black band is thought to come from all the bacteria and enzymes from the decomposing body.

If a body (that has been dead for at least 7 days ) is moved by a suspect eg in a car etc, if hairs are shed they may have the tell tale death band and if these are found in the car he/she will have a lot of explaining to do!

high power comparison will confirm a match.

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