Suicide Investigations – What can the Body Tell Us?
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An initial exam while still on the scene is imperative for the overall determination of cause and manner of death as well as collecting time-sensitive facts and evidence. This exam is only the first of two external exams. This one is on the scene and the second one at autopsy.
The on-scene exam documents what the investigator sees and what wounds, scars, tattoos, etc., are present on the body. At this stage, much of the trace evidence used in a case will either be located or preserved for future collection.