Jan 12, 2017 | By Benedict
The body of a woman found in Ohio whose face was reconstructed using 3D printing techniques has been identified. A DNA sample provided by the victim’s family proved the woman to be Tiffany Dawn Chambers of Florida. A suspect is being charged with her murder.
Tiffany Dawn Chambers (right) was identified after a forensic artist used 3D printing to reconstruct her face (left)
A few days before Christmas we covered a story about how the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was using 3D printing to help solve a case. The skeletal remains of a woman had been found in Ohio’s Greene County in early 2016, but the state of the body, coupled with a lack of leads and evidence, meant that the woman could not be identified. As a last resort, the bureau turned to a forensic artist who attempted to recreate the face of the woman using a 3D printed replica of her skull.
Six days ago, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer reported that the body has been identified as 33-year-old Tiffany Dawn Chambers, a missing Florida woman, after the victim’s family provided a DNA sample for confirmation. It is unclear whether the 3D printed facial reconstruction prompted the identification. “Now we know the identity of this woman…law enforcement can begin the task of finding out what happened to her,” Attorney General DeWine said following the identification.
Almost immediately after the remains were identified as belonging to Chambers, police arrested a suspect in connection with the death. 34-year-old Hannah M. Whitman has been charged with one count of complicity to aggravated murder and one charge of tampering with evidence, and has been booked into the Clark County jail, according to a court document. The document states that Whitman “did knowingly and willingly participate in the killing of the victim with prior calculation and design, and then assisted in disposing of the body.”
Facial reconstruction is carried out on the 3D printed skull in 2016
The murder itself was allegedly carried out by Prentiss Hare, Whitman’s boyfriend, who was convicted of an unrelated murder in December and who is currently awaiting trial for rape in the Clark County jail. He is being charged with one count of aggravated murder. The court document states that Hare and Whitman had planned to kill Chambers because she owed Hare money. After travelling to Springfield, Ohio from Jacksonville, Florida in July 2015, the pair killed Chambers behind a building in the 100 block of West Pleasant Street before moving the body to Greene County, Ohio, around 18 miles south of Springfield.
The case is now being investigated by the Springfield Police Division as a homicide.
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