Sunday, July 13, 2014

Could Be a "Bones" Episode

Bones is a TV story where you have a bunch of scientists working at the Smithsonian trying to solve murders on bodies that have been pretty much been reduced to some mush and bones.
From Wisconsin comes a case where it could be a real Bones episode.
From jsonline, Milwaukee: 
A new analysis by the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute of the remains of a teenage boy found in Rock County in 1995 have raised hopes of investigators who have been trying to identify him for 20 years.
Results of what's called Stable Isotope Analysis (SIA) on a section of femur show the boy most likely grew up in Wisconsin, Michigan or Minnesota, according to Rock County Deputy Coroner Jack Friess.
"This allows us to look more closely at missing persons from the Midwest, from around here, and more easily rule out teens that went missing from the coasts, for instance," Friess says.
The mostly skeletal remains of the boy were found on the banks of Turtle Creek near Clinton, prompting investigators to name him "John Clinton Doe."
"We tested some tissue and hair at the time but that didn't take us anywhere," says acting Rock County coroner Lou Smit.
Investigators were able to determine the remains were that of a male between the ages of 15 and 18, and that he had probably died in 1994. But subsequent DNA tests were inconclusive.
The remains were buried but exhumed for a second autopsy in 2009, but a cause of death has never been determined, Smit says.
Friess has been on the case as a volunteer for the last year and helped coordinate arrangements with the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute for the testing. Oxygen, nitrogen and carbon were then extracted from the bone sample to develop an isotope "profile."
The isotope makeup of oxygen atoms in the teen's bones, which revealed what he ate and drank while growing up, was compared to the oxygen isotope profiles of water from around the U.S.
Hopefully, they will be able to identify the poor lad and hopefully find a cause of death.
Science sure has come along way, that is for certain.

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