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Many times it is difficult to make a physical identification of the victim’s bloated body recovered from the water. This photo depicts the victim’s body when removed from the river along with a comparison of the victim’s driver’s license photo recovered from his wallet.

The following are some general time spans associated with bodies in water:

  • Hands are swollen after several days.
  • The outer layer of skin separated from the body within 5 to 6 days, the skin of the hands and fingernails separated from the body in 8 to 10 days.
  • Seaweed vegetation on the body within 8 to 10 days.
  • Floating—In warm water, 8 to 10 days; in cold water, 2 to 3 weeks.

Fig.1 This photo depicts the victim’s body when removed from the river along with a comparison of the victim’s driver’s license photo.

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