The Dubai Police have recorded another cutting-edge use of technology, deploying 3D facial reconstruction to generate an image of a man, who was found dead at sea.
The police are now seeking public assistance in identifying the man, Khaleej Times, an influential medium in the UAE reports.
Further, it was reported that the man’s decomposed remains were found at sea. But in what will go down as an amazing use of technology; the General Department of Forensics and Criminology used 3D technology to recreate his face.
Reports monitored by 1st News in the UAE media say the man was aged between 35 and 45. Also, residents are advised to call 901 with any information they may have about the man.
Director of the forensics department, Major-General Dr Ahmed Eid Al Mansoori, said reconstructing the deceased’s face was a very challenging task; adding that the body was almost completely decomposed.
“An elite team of coroners, digital forensics experts, and professionals from the General Department of Artificial Intelligence worked tirelessly to compile an identikit of the deceased using the latest technologies in digital facial reconstruction,” he added.
Also, Brigadier Ahmed Matar Al Muhairi, Deputy Director of the department, said the remains were found a month ago; adding that the remains were severely decomposed due to climatic conditions and corpse erosion. Also, he explained that this was as a result of its direct exposure to marine organisms.
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Furthermore, he disclosed that identifying the man was extremely difficult as the deceased’s DNA did not match any registered in the department’s database. Also, his fingerprints could not be retrieved because of the decomposition.
On his part, Dr Yunus Al Balooshi, a forensic consultant, explained the procedure of establishing his origins.
“It was very difficult to determine the person’s skin colour and tone as the body’s pigments had disappeared; for it had been in the water for a long time. Nevertheless, our forensic experts were able, through specialised tests, to determine that the deceased had moderately pigmented brown skin; similar to Asians and those from the Middle East.”
During the second stage, the team worked to verify the hair colour and length. This was done through a single hair strand left on the body.
“We conducted a number of specialised forensic examinations on that single hair, and confirmed that the deceased had thick hair and around 3cm in length,” Al Balooshi added.
He added that they then determined the age through the use of “osteopathy and pelvic osteometry”.
“We also analysed the skin thickness, eye colour and other necessary vital information and forwarded the thorough anthropology report to the Visual Evidence Analysis Department for further investigations,” Al Balooshi said.
Major Dr Hamad Al Awar, Head of the Visual Evidence Analysis Department, said the team took an x-ray image. With it, they performed a three-dimensional scan of the head area and skull.
The face was then digitally restored.
Major Al Awar said the police have been using the digital facial reconstruction technique since 2007.