forensic pathologist

Juarez is one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico

In the 90’s, the hometown became this major international media topic after a substantial number of girls began to disappear under mysterious circumstances.

The interminable string of disappearances didn’t come to an end to this day and the most intricate aspect is the part where the relatives of the victims are urged to identify the corpses discovered in obscure places or across the American border.

Apparently, most bodies are discovered in an advanced stage of rottenness or sliced into many pieces

There is only one forensic pathologist able to help these grieving families when it comes to the identification process.

In order to achieve this goal, Dr. Alejandro Hernandez is rehydrating the corpses.

Through this unusual technique, the bodies start to look more ‘normal’ aspect and families are finally able to identify them.

“I think I’m doing this because the thought these bodies can get into some common graves it’s hurtful”, Hernandez told BBC, adding the rehydrating technique provided key information in criminal investigations often.

How Dr. Hernandez discovered the controversial method?

He was keeping samples of pork skin and human fingers in jars that he verified daily.

One day, in 2004, while inspecting several jars, he discovered a finger was almost intact.

“It looked like a new finger, I could not believe it,” the doctor said.

How does rehydration works?

The body is lifted with a ham and then placed in a hermetically sealed tub and allowed to soften for four or seven days until certain parts of the body begin to achieve a “more natural look”.