Date of Defense
Dr. Tal Simmons
Dr. Michael Stoline
Much research has been conducted in the determination of human stature from the long bones or even fragmentary long bones, but little has been done to determine height in a living individual based solely on information that could be left behind at the scene of a crime. If accurate equations were available to calculate stature using footprint measurements, this would provide another means of aiding forensic experts in their search for the identification of a suspect. This alone would not be the means by which to establish a positive identity, but in medicolegal inquiries where only meager information is present, this could prove helpful in excluding suspects. Socked footprints quite frequently appear at many types of crime scenes as one of the few pieces of evidence available to forensic teams (Simmons, personal communication, 1994). Therefore, a means in which to use them that might reveal of the individual's identity would be very beneficial to law enforcement officials.
Hitzemann, Nicole, "Stature Estimation Through Human Footprints: A Regression Analysis Approach" (1994). Honors Theses. 1441.
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