Decomposition and insect succession on cadavers inside a vehicle environment

Publisher:
Springer
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 2008, 4 (1), pp. 22 - 32
Issue Date:
2008-01
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This study presents differences in rate of decomposition and insect succession between exposed carcasses on the soil surface and those enclosed within a vehicle following carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. This study provides baseline data outlining the decomposition patterns of a carcass enclosed within a vehicle following CO poisoning in Western Australia. Understanding how variations in decomposition situations impact on the rate of decomposition and patterns of insect succession is essential to obtaining an accurate estimate of minimum post-mortem interval (PMI).
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