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Crime Scene Reconstruction

Preparing a case for court often requires visual exhibits to demonstrate the elements of the case. These visuals may be a room layout, drawings of the movements of various people, three-dimensional models, charts, graphs, or other visual aids. One of our specialties here at Stuart Parks Forensic Consultants is trial-charts.

Image Modification

Image modification is the changing of an existing image, (photo or sketch), by adding or removing such elements as beards, mustaches, glasses, hats, aging suspects, adding weight or subtracting weight, and so forth. It may be done on the sketch, painting directly on the photograph or by computer.

Facial Reconstruction

Facial reconstruction (or facial approximations) is a technique using tissue depth markers to reconstruct the face of an unknown person. It may be done with clay or as a drawing.

Unknown remains is the term used for unknown persons where there is enough left on the face to make a sketch based on the photograph or viewing of the body. Drawings are useful especially when the face has suffered trauma that can cause distortion. Drawings are preferred to release to the press because the actual photo of a body is too graphic.

Composite Drawings

A composite drawing is not art in the traditional sense. It is a structured drawing based on the description of a victim or witness of a crime. The drawing ability of the composite artist, therefore, plays a role in the development of the drawing, but that role is rather small compared to the artist's ability to interview.

A composite drawing is a drawing made up of separate and distinct components. Though we usually think of a composite as a drawing of a face, but a composite may be done of literally anything. When something can be described and there is no useful picture, a composite sketch may provide assistance in a case. From stolen jewelry and missing pets to custom trim on a car, the list is endless. In addition, composites may:

  • Eliminate those suspects who do not look similar.
  • Provide a lead on a case through recognition by others.
  • May provide new informationAdd additional information in the form of visual identification.
  • Provide definitive proof of deception.