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Forensic Geoarchaeology in the Search for Missing Persons

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Archaeology and Classics Program, American University of Rome, Via P. Roselli 4, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Forensic Geoscience Italy–Geoscienze Forensic Italia®, Viale Mediterraneo 77, 00122 Rome, Italy
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Studio Legale e Criminologico Mesturini, Via Roma n. 56, 57125 Livorno, Italy
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Forensic Sci. 2021, 1(1), 8-15; https://doi.org/10.3390/forensicsci1010003
Received: 25 November 2020 / Revised: 11 February 2021 / Accepted: 3 March 2021 / Published: 5 March 2021
Despite widespread concern over missing persons, there has always been little clarity on what the word “missing” means. Although the category of young runaways is, indeed, an important cluster, other popular concepts related to disappearances describe a portion of missing persons. Thus, the following question persists: What exactly does “missing” mean? In this brief communication, we would like to open a discussion about the social phenomenon of missing persons and the consequent deployment of people and techniques to find those persons. In particular, the benefits of some forensic geoarchaeological approaches that are not yet fully standardized will be highlighted, such as geographic profiling and the use of multispectral satellite images, in order to provide materials for future searching protocols. View Full-Text
Keywords: forensic archaeology; missing phenomenon; geographic profile; multispectral satellite images forensic archaeology; missing phenomenon; geographic profile; multispectral satellite images
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Barone, P.M.; Di Maggio, R.M.; Mesturini, S. Forensic Geoarchaeology in the Search for Missing Persons. Forensic Sci. 2021, 1, 8-15. https://doi.org/10.3390/forensicsci1010003

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Barone PM, Di Maggio RM, Mesturini S. Forensic Geoarchaeology in the Search for Missing Persons. Forensic Sciences. 2021; 1(1):8-15. https://doi.org/10.3390/forensicsci1010003

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Barone, Pier Matteo, Rosa Maria Di Maggio, and Silvia Mesturini. 2021. "Forensic Geoarchaeology in the Search for Missing Persons" Forensic Sciences 1, no. 1: 8-15. https://doi.org/10.3390/forensicsci1010003

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