By Michael S. Maloney
These tasked with investigating demise scenes come from numerous backgrounds and ranging degrees of expertise. dying Scene research: Procedural consultant supplies the fewer skilled investigator the systems for nearly any demise scene that you can think of whereas supplying the professional investigator a prepared reference for deaths taking place even less than the main strange of situations. It information the best steps that must be taken whilst processing and reading a loss of life scene to make sure important facts isn't misplaced and "red flags" aren't overlooked.
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How and to whom was it reported? ). • Who discovered the body and under what circumstances? What triggered the discovery? • Where and when was the body found? • How was the body positioned? Was it moved or altered in any way? • When was the last time the person was seen alive? What was he or she doing? • Was the victim infected with a contagious disease such as hepatitis, HIV, etc.? ) gain access to the scene? • What were the circumstances surrounding the death? Family Members • Was the decedent treated for any known medical conditions or diseases?
Mind your evidence! A physician is a health care provider, not an evidence technician. Justice of the Peace • Typically has minimal formal death investigation training. • Often pronounces death; suspicious deaths are usually investigated by others. Coroner • May pronounce death. • May investigate and determine cause and manner of death. • May hold inquest to determine cause and manner of death. • May or may not be highly trained and experienced. Identify, Secure, and Preserve Primary Scene • Identify and secure the location where the body is discovered.
A search warrant, although the most time-consuming permission to obtain, is by far the most secure type of authorization and the least likely to be successfully challenged in court. 27 28 Death Scenes: An Investigator’s Field Guide • Remember, a seemingly accidental death may later be determined a homicide. Ensure that the evidence you find and conditions you document will be available in a criminal court of law if required. Death Scene Interviews First Responders • Who reported the death? How and to whom was it reported?