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Change in temperature after death, Most useful indicator of the time of death during first 24 hours
The breakdown of tissues by bacteria. These processes release gases that are the chief source of the characteristic odor of dead bodies
The cadaver appears fresh externally but is decomposing internally due to the activities of bacteria, protozoa and nematodes present in the body before death
The cadaver swollen by gas produces internally, accompanied by odor of decaying flesh
Flesh of creamy consistence with exposed parts black. Body collapse as gases escapes. Odor of decay very strong
Cadaver drying out, some flesh remains at first and cheesy odor develops, neutral surface moldy from fermentation
flesh flies Adults lay larvae on decaying flesh Some of the first insect to reach a corpse
solider flies Larvae feed on human excrement and remains Are found late in decomposition process
humpback flies Larvae feed on decaying bodies Some species can burrow to a depth of 50cm over four days Important in buried bodies
rove beetles Arrive a few hours after a death Are active throughout decomposition process
hister beetles Found in bloated, decay, and early drying stages Both larvae and adults feed on maggots and puparia
the disease process or injury responsible for initaiting the train of events which produces death
Cause of death
temperature, access by inescts, burial, burial depth, access of animals, humdity, dryness, rainfall, body size, clothing, surface the body rest on, and trauma
Influences rate of decomposition
Scene: collect the maximum of info with teh mini disturbance History: collected Medico-legal autopsy
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