Determination of Elapsed Time Since Death in Homicide Victims Disposed of in the Ocean

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Authors
  1. Anderson, G.
Corporate Authors
Canadian Police Research Centre, Ottawa Ont (CAN)
Abstract
A recently killed pig carcass was dropped into the ocean in the Saanich Inlet of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. In collaboration with the Victoria Experimental Network Under The Sea (VENUS), a Remote Operated Platform for Ocean Science, ROPOS, was used to position the carcass at a pre chosen site on an area covered in silt, under a remotely operated still and video digital camera. The site was at a depth of 94 m. From a remote site, the cameras and light arrays were switched on and the carcass and animal life observed, several times a day until the carcass was dragged out of camera range when mostly consumed. The carcass was rapidly scavenged by large Three Spot Shrimp, Dungeness crabs and squat lobsters. A dogfish shark inflicted a wound to the rear end of the pig and the arthropods rapidly removed tissue at the site. Half the pig was completely consumed within 23 days of submergence.
Keywords
Homicide
Report Number
TR-10-2008 —
Date of publication
01 Apr 2008
Number of Pages
128
DSTKIM No
CA031258
CANDIS No
529981
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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