Science Used in Death Investigations

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In the job of investigating death, the investigator may use the resources of several different sciences to help determine many aspects of the death and subsequent  investigation.

It is sometimes necessary to bring in expertise from outside an agency. The field of forensic science is so broad today no agency will have every form of specialty service available from among its ranks.

Many Jobs – One Goal 

When it comes to death investigation, EVERYONE involved as one goal regardless of job, title, education, position, or ego.

That one goal is to accurately as possible, with facts and evidence known, to determine the cause and manner of death of a decedent  within a jurisdiction; and to cause an investigation to be completed as to weather a crime was committed or negligence was involved. 

The science used in death and criminal/civil investigation are the same sciences used in nearly ever other academic setting. However, when used in our field it must have a Forensic designation.

Forensic:  is relating to or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime.

The science may exist in academics and industry,  but when applied to criminal investigation it is considered forensic. Special training and certification is required for those seeking to use their expertise in criminal (forensic)  matters.

Here are just a few examples of the Science Used in Death Investigations

Forensic  Science Specialists

  • Medical Examiner/Coroner
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Odontologist
  • Anthropologist
  • Entomologist
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Blood Pattern Analyst
  • Geologist

Crime Lab Specialties 

  • Latent Prints
  • Firearms, Tool Marks, and Impressions
  • Writing Samples and Questioned Documents
  • Fire debris and arson analysis
  • DNA Analysis
  • Toxicology

 

 

Coroner School™

Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, Police, and Forensic students. This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of  law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations.

Coroner School™ is a Nationally Accredited online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other coroner training today,  this course offers a blended learning style combining online self-paced video  training, along with opportunities of live interaction with instructors several times throughout the program, and a unique private facebook group open only to students of Coroner School™ where everyone can interact and ask questions.

Coroner School™ is a six week guided course with certified instructors. However, at the end of the six weeks you still have access to all videos, downloadable material and the private facebook group. You can return to the online school  anytime to finish up the courses or as a refresher in certain topic areas.


Medicolegal Death Investigation Scene Kit

This exclusive first of its kind Medicolegal Death Investigation (MLDI) kit contains all the items you need to document and collect evidence from the most important piece of evidence at any death scene – The Body. Designed for Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, and anyone responsible to investigate and process a death.

This kit is equipped to collect fragile evidence such as DNA and fibers, take post mortem temperatures, document the scene through photography and sketching, as well as properly collect, transport, and store material evidence.

This MLDI Kit can be used in large agencies for multiple MDI’s or one single kit for a smaller agencies. Packaged in a sturdy Pelican carry case with custom dividers and a pocketed pouch system. Built strong to withstand the demands from scene to scene.

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The Death Investigation Training Academy was founded to play an  integral  role in the death investigation community.  The need for quality accredited training is in short supply and high demand. Using a combination of class room training, live on site scenario exercises,  and web based training, the Death Investigation Training Academy is filling the need of 21st century investigators.

 


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About the Author
Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy, has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation. He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

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