LSUHSC forensic dentists identify missing oil worker

LSUHSC-NOA team of forensic dentists at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Dentistry identified the body of an offshore oil platform worker found in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday. Ronald Carr, DDS, Clinical Professor of Pathology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and Robert Barsley, DDS, JD, Professor and Head of the Division of
Diagnostic Sciences in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials, and Director of Oral Health Resources, Community & Hospital Dentistry at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Dentistry, used his dental records from the Phillippines to identify Jerome Malagapo who had been missing since the November 16 explosion on an oil platform operated by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC.

Drs. Carr and Barsley worked with Lafourche Parish Coroner Dr. John King on this case. As often happens with complex cases, identifications are made through dental records. Dental identification presents a reliable and rapid method in circumstances such as these. LSUHSC New Orleans forensic dentists have worked with coroners’ offices in a number of jurisdictions in the region, law enforcement, and the FACES Lab at LSU for many years. LSUHSC faculty report their findings to these agencies who release the information.