A disturbing story came out of Albuquerque, New Mexico this week. The body of a young boy, estimated to be 3-5 years old, was found buried in a sandbox in a public park. An autopsy has been performed but as yet the child has not been identified. Here’s a link to the AP story on this tragic event:
This brings up the topic of body identification. The police and the medical examiner are often confronted with bodies that are unidentified. It is critically important that the victim of a murder be identified for the simple reason that 90% or more of all murders are perpetrated by someone who knows the victim. This goes back to motive. There are very few motives for killing a stranger but the world is full of motives for killing someone that you know. So the identification of a found corpse is critical in tracking down the killer.