Investigators Use FARO Laser Scanner to Recreate the Circumstances Surrounding Boxers Death

Lake Mary, FL (September 12, 2011) It was murder, not suicide, that caused the death of former junior welterweight boxing champion Arturo Gatti two years ago, according to a team of forensic experts. Gatti was found dead outside the kitchen of his luxury Brazilian hotel condo by his wife Amanda Rodrigues Gatti in July of 2009. Brazilian authorities ultimately determined Gatti hung himself from a strap taken from his wifes purse after a drunken argument, but a team of experts utilized detective work and the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D to declare his death a homicide.

Armed with a FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, a group of investigators hired by the boxers family traveled to the resort town of Ipojuca, Pernambuco, Brazil to investigate the mysterious death. Their goal: uncover the true cause behind Gattis demise. While local police declared a suicide amid months of investigations and mounting suspicion of Gattis wife, the fighters family maintained throughout that he would not have killed himself particularly just a few yards away from his sleeping children. Forensic investigator Andre Stuarts from Call 21st was among those hired by the family to recreate the crime. Working with a team that included noted investigator, Paul Ciolino and others, Stuart used the Focus3D to create precise scans of the condo space. Spinning atop a standard tripod, the Focus3D emits laser light in all directions to create a point cloud a 3D representation of the reflected data points. That point cloud was turned into a precise animation of the room using advanced software, complete with millimeter-accurate measurements of the alleged crime scene.

By capturing such precise measurements in three dimensions, the team believes they have recreated the circumstances surrounding Arturo Gattis death. The team presented the evidence to reporters at a press conference in a Philadelphia gym last Wednesday. It was during this conference that Stuart presented the animation created with the Laser Scanner. It revealed that the position in which the body was found with the head halfway wedged under a nearby cabinet was inconsistent with a hanging. The narrow dimensions of the staircase from which Gatti allegedly hung himself were determined to be too narrow and unstable to support a man of the fighters build. The purse strap, the investigative team claims, would also not have been strong enough to suspend Gattis body longer than a few seconds. Additional injuries and lacerations to the head could have been the result of blunt force trauma used to incapacitate the boxer before he was killed. Brazilian prosecutors said last Thursday they are looking gain into the death of boxer Arturo Gatti.

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FARO develops and markets computer-aided coordinate measurement devices and software. Portable equipment from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement and comparison of parts and compound structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, inventory documentation, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes. They are also employed to generate digital scans of historic sites.

Worldwide, approximately 10,000 customers are operating more than 20,000 installations of FAROs systems. The companys global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Florida, with its European head office in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia/Pacific head office in Singapore. FARO has branch locations in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan.