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Sculpting the faces of the dead

Of the thousands of bodies sent to coroners' offices in the United States every year, around 1,000 are still unidentified 12 months later. No one knows who they are, and their families don't know what has happened to them. In New York, forensic specialists are turning to an unconventional method to identify them - they're enlisting the help of artists at the New York Academy Of Art. One of them is the Venezuelan sculptor Marco Palli. Outlook's Colm Flynn reports.

Image: sculptor Marco Palli
Credit: Colm Flynn

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