Forensic Art is used to assist forensic investigations by achieving leads to a victim of a crime, a missing person, a suspect or an offender. It is often used when no other evidence, to aid in an individual's identification, is available. It should not on its own be deemed a positive means of identification, but it can help point an investigation in the right direction. Skills required in the Forensic Art discipline can also contribute to archaeological research.
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Investigators have many options used to identify unknown suspects. One is facial composites. Many times investigators call upon forensic artists as a means to check a box on an investigative checklist. This further includes limitations on their eyewitness. As an investigative resource, the forensic artist, should view themselves as a case consultant. Although it can be a slippery slope, The forensic artist does not want to be seen as trying to tell investigators how to run their case. This also includes eyewitness limitations that greatly affect the why and the when.
Investigators often call upon forensic artists to assist them during criminal cases. Especially, when the only available evidence is an eyewitness description. To increase their opportunity for success, the forensic artist must carefully evaluate and interview the eyewitness to create the 'perfect' image from their 'imperfect' memory. Sound difficult? Sometimes it is.
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