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Lecture 10

Lecture 10 – Determining Time Interval Since Death

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Anthropology 2235A/B
Eldon Molto

Lecture 10Determining Time Interval Since DeathFirst question how long have the remains been there important because o Support or refute a suspects alibi o Help in the identification of unknown victims o Improve efficacy of the criminal investigation o Can establish time line prior to victims deathMany different methods that depend on the state of the bodyDetermining Time Interval Since Death o All are environmentally dependent o All methods are considered educated guesses o Unless the forensic pathologist has had the opportunity to examine the body at the scene any conclusion on TSD would be equivocalTime Since Death Interval Methods o Temperature changes in body if recent o Hypostasis livor mortis and rigor mortis muscle stiffening o Autolysis ratesmu
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