FingerSCAN DecedentID

WOVO“The FingerSCAN DecedentID application has enabled us to identify decedents within hours of the death, rather than the following day, as was the case with inked prints. As the application has been moved to its current version, it’s actually possible for me to email a print card to the fingerprint technicians electronically from the scene and get an identity confirmation the same day. An example of how this has helped was a recent case where a young man committed suicide by jumping from a bridge into traffic. As is typical with cases like this, the story makes the news identifying the decedent only as a “person”, and therefore many families with missing family members begin calling the office. In the past, all we could do is rule out by gender, and obvious characteristics; and then take information to call back those whose family member it could possibly be. In this recent case, using FingerSCAN DecedentID with the Watson Mini fingerprint scanner, I was able to get prints at the scene and have the decedent identified within one hour”………….Harris Neal – Denver Colorado Coroners Office

FingerSCAN DecedentID for Coroners & Medical Examiners

FingerSCAN DecedentID was designed and developed specifically for Coroners and Medical Examiners. This mobile application runs on various Android smartphones and tablets and works with the Integrated Biometrics Watson Mini fingerprint scanner. This solution is sold exclusively through WoVo Identity Solutions.


  • Clean images (no smearing).

  • Faster image capture process.

  • Easily share images & data electronically for rapid identification of decedents.

  • Simplifies and expedites identification process so concerned family members can be notified faster.

  • Consolidates multiple case forms into one form that meets the needs of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

  • Minimizes and eliminates pre-processing of fingerprint images previously required for ink fingerprints.


  • Captures up to 10 fingerprint slaps and rolls using FBI certified fingerprint scanner.

  • Creates a Decedent fingerprint card.

  • Produces high quality fingerprint image files for each finger scanned.

  • Configuration file supports email and Secure FTP sending options.

  • USB upload capability.

  • Android compatible.

“FingerSCAN DecedentID enabled us to identify decedents within hours of the death, rather than the following day as was the case with inked prints. This enabled us to notify the next-of-kin, and put all other caller’s minds at ease rather quickly.” – Harris Neil – Denver Office of the Medical Examiner


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About the Author
Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy, has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation. He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

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