The Mumbai Police Crime Branch have begun consulting a forensic facial reconstruction (FFR) expert in the city to help reveal identity of the alleged third victim of murder accused Vijay Palande.
Palande,the main accused in the Arun Tikku and Karan Kakad murders,had led a team of officers from the Oshiwara police to a deserted spot near ghats in Chiplun on April 16.
He had allegedly told officers that he had disposed of Kakads body in the ghats and led the police to a spot where the skull of a man was recovered.
Later on April 29,Palande led a team of officers from the Mumbai Police Crime Branch to another spot in Chiplun where the torso and hands of a man were found. DNA tests revealed that while the torso belonged to Kakad,the DNA found on the skull did not match his.
Joint Commisioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said the police had approached a city-based FFR expert. We will seek help of the FFR expert to recreate the face of the victim. We have initiated the process and will be following up on that, said Roy.
Crime Branch sources said there was just one FFR expert in the city. There is one FFR expert each in Mumbai,Hyderabad and Delhi,and two in Bangalore. We will be consulting only the Mumbai-based expert. The expert will be using 2D and 3D software to recreate the face, said an officer.
He said the police had also begun speaking to forensic odontologists to help them narrow down their search based on the victims jaw size and strength. We will be relying on a lot of forensic investigative details to ascertain who the skull belonged to.
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