Global Patent Index - EP 1095255 A1

EP 1095255 A1 2001-05-02 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING HIDDEN CORPSES BY DETECTING VOLATILE GAS COMBINATIONS

Title (en)

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING HIDDEN CORPSES BY DETECTING VOLATILE GAS COMBINATIONS

Title (de)

METHODE UND APPARAT ZUR LOKALISIERUNG VERSTECKTER LEICHEN DURCH DETEKTION FLÜCHTIGER GAS-KOMBINATIONEN

Title (fr)

PROCEDE ET APPAREIL DE LOCALISATION DE CADAVRES CACHES, PAR DETECTION DE MELANGES DE GAZ VOLATILS

Publication

EP 1095255 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 99956754 A

Priority

  • US 9925343 W
  • US 18179398 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0025108A1] A portable, hand-held device for locating the remains of a corpseby sensing a combination of volatile gases which are released during bacterial decomposition of human tissue. One such combination of volatile gases includes methane, ammonia and a volatile organic compound, such as a ketone that is released when livers decompose. The portable device comprises: a combination of commercially available sensors (14, 16, 18) which can detect these chemicals in parts per million concentrations; an air conduit (22) with a fan (20) to draw ambient air across the sensors (14, 16, 18); and various types of alarm/visual indicators (42, 44) to alert an operator the detection of all three gases which may indicate the location of probable decomposing corpse hidden in the water, mud, rubble, soil or other coverings, at or nearby. The device can also include a global positioning system (60) to ascertain the exact location.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

G01N 7/00; G01N 33/00

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

G01N 1/22 (2006.01); G01N 33/00 (2006.01); G01N 1/00 (2006.01); G01N 1/02 (2006.01); G01N 33/497 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

G01N 33/0031 (2013.01); G01N 1/22 (2013.01); G01N 33/0047 (2013.01); G01N 33/497 (2013.01); G01N 2001/007 (2013.01); G01N 2001/021 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 0025108A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 0025108 A1 20000504; AU 1329100 A 20000515; CA 2347870 A1 20000504; EP 1095255 A1 20010502

INPADOC legal status


2004-09-29 [18D] APPLICATION DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20040501

2001-05-02 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20010122

2001-05-02 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE