BODY FARMS used by CSI and FBI experts in US could soon be used by UK forensics teams
An expert has called for body farms to come to the UK
In the States, scientists use body farms to study the decomposition of humans and offer forensic scientists to examine bodies in open air to help them solve crime scenes.
Additionally, the farms are used to train sniffer dogs to help them locate bodies.
The Forensic Anthropology Centre at Texas State University in San Marcos is one of the biggest body farms in the US.
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Dr Daniel Wescott, director of the centre, said: "The work carried out by the centre is invaluable to proving someone's guilt or innocence and crucial to ensure justice is properly served.
“The power of the findings here should not be underestimated.
“Even by the way a body is left, we can often tell if the killer knew the victim.
Body farms help scientists understand human decomposition
“Those who murder loved ones tend to lay the body down carefully, almost in a comfortable position. Murderers who do not know a victim simply dump the body.”
So far, the UK has been limited to studying pig carcasses after they have dies as their decompose in the most similar way to humans.
However, Dr Wescott says that the UK can’t rely on the US’s findings as bodies will decompose in a different way due to the conditions.
He said: "Although Britain, and Europe for that matter, can learn much from the work we do it will not always be truly accurate for their purposes.
They are used to help train cadaver dogs
”The way a victim decays in the US is very different to how they would decay in the UK.
“The weather and environment can play a huge part.
"While we have vultures, raccoons, coyotes and cats which scavenge on bodies, British wildlife is very different.
“The destruction a vulture does is very different to, say, how a fox or badger would tackle a corpse.
“Ultimately, the work we do is to prove the innocent innocent and the guilty guilty.
“Britain has a right to that too.”