Police Agencies Use Bitemarks as Sources of DNA for Identification Rather than Comparison with Toothmarks

By Dr. David Averill and Dr. Michael Bowers

Sidestepping the years long controversies of bitemark comparison, police investigators have redirected their approach to answer perpetrator identification. Using the bitemark as a source of salivary DNA, the comparison is accomplished using proven biological methods of DNA profiling. These following cases below illustrate the shift to best practice police methods.

Big Sky man arrested, accused of raping 17-year-old

Zion woman denies Gurnee Mills robbery, attack

Cop impersonator guilty of attempted murder

Man gets 22 years in bike path rape

Burglar helps him/herself to the fridge

Detective Arrested & Charged with 1986 Murder