Category Archives: Physical evidence

Criminal evidence (inc. adhesive tape, rope, soil, trace evidence, fibres, textiles, dyes, poisons, fertilisers) in relation to homicide, suicide, sexual assault, break & enter, hit & run etc.
Includes explosives, IEDs (Improvised explosive devices) oil spills and comparisons, physical evidence examination

Long and arduous task in identifying body remains

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.

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MH17 – news 29 July 2014

AFP again abandon bid to reach Malaysia Airlines crash site after driving into ‘battle zone’. ABC News 29 July 2014

Black boxes show shrapnel from rocket caused Malaysia Airlines crash, Ukraine says ABC News 28 July 2014

Some MH17 victims’ remains may never be found: AFP Sydney Morning Herald 28 July 2014

Australian and Dutch police will attempt to access Malaysian Airlines site again after shelling 28 July 2014

Countries with MH17 victims agree prosecution team News Asia 29 July 2014

Ukraine parliament considers agreement to allow AFP to carry weapons into crash site ABC news 29 July 2014


Gympie headless torso accused announced engagement to victim on Facebook

Courier Mail Kathleen Donaghey 26 July 2014

Police will allege Ms Williams murdered Mr Gerbic in his Tanawha home, cutting off his head, legs and hands before dumping his partial torso an hour away.  A thorough search of Mr Gerbic’s estate, which ended yesterday, has failed to uncover the slain man’s head and missing legs and hands.

Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said police had uncovered “several” items of interest that could form evidence.  Police also removed internal walls of the house to test for body fluid.

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MH17 crash site off limits

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.

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‘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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MH17: Australian investigators find new sections of aircraft, human remains

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.”

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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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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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.