Testing done by a group of scientists at ORNL shows an emerging science that could be used in a courtroom for the first time ever.
The science resembles something you might expect to see on television’s “CSI”: odor and air samples originating from the trunk of a vehicle being used to prove a child’s body decomposed inside.
But life, death, science and the unsavory business of prosecuting child slayings are rarely as clear-cut as they are portrayed on television. Nothing about the advanced testing on Casey Anthony’s Pontiac Sunfire provides a conclusive answer about whether her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie’s lifeless body was in that vehicle.
But the testing done in this case by a group of scientists in Tennessee shows an emerging science that could be used in a courtroom for the first time ever in the case against Casey Anthony.
The science identifies the chemical compounds associated with the decomposition of human bodies. The researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, led by Dr. Arpad Vass, expressed caution in their final, 18-page, April 2009 forensic report to Orange County detectives. Their battery of tests produced “correlations” indicating “a portion of the total odor signature identified in [Anthony’s Pontiac] is consistent with an early decompositional event that could be of human origin.”
Source: Anthony Colarossi | Orlando Sentinel
Photo: Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel (Casey Anthony’s car with investigators)