The condition of human remains declines as postmortem changes occur, resulting in deterioration of the friction ridge detail. Consequently, resulting fingerprint impressions are usually of worse quality than their
parison but the post-mortem record is of too low quality, it can render the impressions of no value and prevent identification (Figure 5.9a,b). Legible fingerprint records are required for classification, comparison, and scanning into AFIS for searching. High examination-quality postmortem fingerprint acquisition is therefore crucial in order to maximize identification attempts of unidentified fingerprint records.