Category Archives: Forensic DNA

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MH17: grim task ahead for DNA experts as they sift remains to identify bodies

The Guardian Amanda Holpuch and Oliver Milman 23 July 2014

The first set of bodies of MH17 victims were due to arrive in the Netherlands on Wednesday, where efforts to identify them will begin. The remains were left outdoors for two days, in sweltering heat and rain, but expert investigators should “pretty reliably” be able to collect DNA to identify the remains.
“Overall, my guess is that as far as DNA analysis and identification, they should have pretty good success,” said Dr David Foran, director of the forensic biology laboratory at the University of Michigan.

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The Conversation Ahmad Samarji 24 July 2014
How dental records will help identify bodies from MH17

Kirra McLoughlin, 27, may have lain up to 12 hours in house after being critically injured in fight

Gold Coast Bulletin Brittany Vonow July 23, 2014

A MOTHER-of-four had to be flown from Gympie to the Gold Coast, bypassing two major Brisbane hospitals, after suffering serious head injuries in a fight.
Kirra McLoughlin, 27, died the next day, with homicide police now assisting Wide Bay Burnett district police in their investigation.

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Australian team to identify MH17 bodies

The Sydney Morning Herald Paul Osborne AAP July 24, 2014

A forensics expert who helped identify Ned Kelly’s body is part of an international team investigating the MH17 crash.
David Ranson is a forensic pathologist and deputy director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM).
The Melbourne scientist will join other forensic experts in the Netherlands at the Corporal Van Oudheusden Barracks in Hilversum.
The town itself is in mourning after the loss of several families in the Malaysia Airlines crash in the Ukraine.
Associate Professor Ranson will be accompanied by VIFM forensic dentists Jeremy Graham and Lyndall Smythe as well as technician Gemma Radford.

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Daily Mail article link

MH17: First victims of Malaysia Airlines crash arrive in the Netherlands

ABC News 24 July 2014

The bodies of the first victims from the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week have arrived at a military base in the Netherlands.
The 40 bodies were flown to the Eindhoven air base from Ukraine in a Dutch Hercules C-130 and a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17.

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Full forensic search needed to ensure all MH17 victims are found: PM

The Australian Phillip Hudson July 23, 2014

TONY Abbott has revealed he is in talks with Australia’s “partners in grief” about a range of options to secure the MH17 crash site, amid fears the remains of some victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster may never be found.
A grim Prime Minister said it was quite possible many bodies still remained undiscovered and exposed to the European summer following the downing of the flight over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, probably by a surface-to-air missile.

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Sydney Morning Herald article link

Body found in fire-destroyed Runaway Bay home

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva July 23, 2014

A man’s body has been found in a Runaway Bay house three days after it was completely destroyed by fire.
Fire urban search crews located the body in the Pebble Beach Drive property around lunchtime on Wednesday.

Police investigate ‘suspicious death’ of Wolvi mother Kirra-Lea McLoughlin

The Brisbane Times July 22, 2014  Kristian Silva

A mother-of-four who died from head injuries after an assault may have lain injured for more than half a day before paramedics were called, according to police.

Police are treating the death of Kirra-Lea McLoughlin as suspicious after she was found at her rural property near Gympie at Wolvi, about 200 kilometres north of Brisbane.  Continue reading…

Australians to access MH17 site soon

The Sydney Morning Herald July 23, 2014

Australian experts on the ground in Ukraine are hoping they’ll soon have access to the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash site. The prime minister’s special envoy, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, says things are moving quickly near the site and his team should get access “in the near future”.

Malaysian and Dutch authorities had been granted access to the site but only three people were permitted to enter at one time, he said.  Continue reading…

Other related articles

Surrendered black boxes ‘in good condition’  Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Federal Police join international investigation into MH17

MH17: Fewer bodies on train than thought as forensic experts begin examining Malaysia Airlines crash victims

ABC News  July 23, 2014

The head of the Dutch forensic team in Ukraine says a train carrying the remains of MH17 victims contains significantly fewer bodies than claimed by pro-Russian rebels.

The separatists said there were 282 bodies on the train but only 200 have been found.  Continue reading…

Other related news articles

MH17 crash: families’ worst fears realised as bodies go missing  The Brisbane Times

MH17: Train with remains of Malaysian Airlines plane crash victims arrives in Ukraine’s Kharkov  ABC News

Journey of MH17′s victims: A road full of darkness, a train trip full of delays  The Sydney Morning Herald

 Identifying MH17 victims to take ‘months’  Sky News

The impossible challenge of identifying bodies from MH17  The Washington Post

MH17: Tony Abbott announces Operation Bring Them Home to secure and identify victims of Malaysia Airlines disaster

ABC News Karen Barlow 22 July 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a major operation to secure and identify the bodies from the Malaysia Airlines disaster in Ukraine.

Mr Abbott said Operation Bring Them Home would be coordinated from Ukraine by former Australian Defence Force chief Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.

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