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Expert: Hair From Trunk Likely From Dead Body

Forensic analyst says sample consistent with decomposition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 4, 2011 3:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – An FBI forensic expert testified today in Casey Anthony's murder trial that a hair removed from the woman's car showed signs consistent with hair from a dead body. The single, 9-inch strand of light brown hair was the only hair of several collected by investigators to show signs of decomposition, Karen Korsberg Lowe told jurors. "It has a darkened band at the root portion of the hair," she said. "This is consistent with apparent decomposition." The hair was similar to one pulled from Caylee's hair brush and was not similar to a hair sample from Anthony, she said.

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Another crime scene investigator testified yesterday that he smelled the odor of human composition when he first opened the door to examine Anthony's car days after her initial arrest in July 2008. Caylee's skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near her grandparents' Orlando home in December 2008. Anthony, 25, who faces the death penalty if convicted, says the girl drowned accidentally in the family pool. Testimony continues on Monday. (Read more Casey Anthony trial stories.)

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