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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

versión On-line ISSN 1988-611Xversión impresa ISSN 1135-7606


SUBIRANA, M. et al. The "lost fingerprint": Personal identification using a partially amputated finger found at the scene of a robbery. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2005, n.40, pp.139-144. ISSN 1988-611X.

Fingerprints have been used during centuries for identifying people and they have a high value as an identifying evidence of the author of a crime. It is usual to find them at the scene of the crime as invisible or visible traces that must be looked for, developed and fixed with suitable police techniques. Although in the last years, DNA is considered the paramount in criminal investigation, fingerprints continue to be a very easy and inexpensive technique for personal identification. We present the forensic and police investigation of a fingerprint "lost" during a robbery attempt. A thief suffered an amputation of the finger's pulp that was a fundamental proof to identify him. Problems related to fingerprints as a reliable physical identification tool are reviewed.

Palabras clave : Fingerprints; Identification; Forensic Medicine.

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