Malaysiakini 28 July 2014
Arduous scrutiny and a longer period of time – these are imperative for the Malaysian Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) to profile fragments of human body parts belonging to victims of the doomed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 aircraft.
DVI chief Dr Mohd Shah Mahmud said it was a challenge for the 21 team members to meticulously decipher the identity of each victim at a Dutch military facility in Hilversum.
In one case, the team had to examine a human jaw which entailed a process lasting several hours, he told Malaysian reporters in an interview here last night.
Sydney Morning Herald Paul McGeough, Heath Aston 27 July 2014
Violence around the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 forced Australian and Dutch investigators to remain in their hotel on Sunday, despite Malaysia announcing it had reached a deal for unfettered access.
The AFP released a statement late on Sunday confirming that the mission had been postponed. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said overnight on Sunday that Australia was still determined to send unarmed police to the MH17 crash site despite the fresh violence in the area.
‘Uncovered remains’ highlight need to secure MH17 site: Abbott (ABC News)
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says human remains are still at the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site more than a week after the disaster, highlighting the urgent need for an international force to secure the area.
Grieving relatives at MH17 site as Dutch, Australia ready troops (Channel News Asia)
The Dutch government, which is in charge of identifying the remains found at the site, said that forensic experts had confirmed the identity the first victim on Saturday, one of 193 Dutch citizens who had been on board.
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Brisbane Times Paul McGeough July 25, 2014
Hrabove, Ukraine: The first Australian investigators to visit the MH17 crash site near here were in a small investigative party that discovered new sections of the crashed Malaysian Airways aircraft and human remains that had been overlooked in earlier, much-criticised sweeps of the area.
The three Australians – two diplomats and a forensic expert – refused to talk to reporters. But an official of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Michael Bukiurkiw, said after guiding them through the crash site: “We found human remains yesterday and more again today.”
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.
The Conversation Ahmad Samarji 24 July 2014
How dental records will help identify bodies from MH17
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.
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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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…
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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…
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ABC News Bruce Atkinson 18 July 2014
Police have identified burnt human remains that were found near Gympie in southern Queensland last year.
A man’s torso was found at Cedar Pocket, east of Gympie, last September.
Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said the remains were those of a 66-year-old man from Tanawha, south-west of Maroochydore.
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