The remains of Ned Kelly, who pioneered modern body armor, have been positively identified.  Forensics scientist had reason to believe they were on the right track as the bullet wounds in the bones matched the accounts of his last gunfight with police.  DNA was finally matched to a great grandson of Kelly's sister. His skull however seems to be lost.  When the prison closed down in 1929 souvenir hunters made off with his skull, and one recently surfaced with E. Kelly scribed on the side, but DNA didn't match and his skull still has yet to be found.

Ned Kelly and armor

Kelly's body armor staved off any mortal wounds, although it was just boiler plate, as nineteenth century weapons in Australia at the time were low velocity black powder gun with lead bullets.  His compadres didn't fare so well, not so much because of the armor, but they were outnumbered and disorganized.  Depending on who you speak too, Ned Kelly was an evil outlaw or an Australian version of Robin Hood.

Below is the ABC story on Ned Kelly's remains: