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'Ossification test' to be conducted on Brit teen's body

Goa Police have ordered an 'ossification test' to be conducted on Scarlett Eden Keeling's body for investigation.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Panaji
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2008 08:04 PM IST

Goa Police have ordered an 'ossification test' to be conducted on the body of the 15-year-old British girl, who was found dead under mysterious circumstance on a popular beach in the state.

"We will conduct 'ossification test' on her body to ascertain her age although her passport registers her age as 15 years," Inspector General of Police Kishan Kumar told PTI.

Scarlett Eden Keeling's bruised body was found lying on Anjuna beach on February 18 in semi-nude condition.

After the second autopsy report, the police had arrested 29-year-old Samsung D'souza, a barman, who was allegedly seen in a "compromising position" couple of hours with her before her body was found.

"The 'ossification test' would confirm her exact age which is crucial to establish rape case against D'souza," Kumar said.

Police have registered a rape case against D'souza as Scarlett was a minor.

Police sources confirmed that the department, which is in the line of fire for the way it has handled the case, is taking no chances.

Kumar said the police have attached photocopy of passport to establish her age, which has legal standing. "But still we don't want to take any chances," he said.

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