Forensic Entomology

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Authors
  1. Dillon, L.
  2. Anderson, G.
Corporate Authors
Simon Fraser Univ, Burnaby BC (CAN);Canadian Police Research Centre, Ottawa Ont (CAN)
Abstract
Research was conducted in order to develop a database of insect succession on carrion to determine elapsed time since death in homicide investigations. Decomposition experiments were conducted in the spring, summer and fall of 1994 in the Lower Mainland, B.C. which is typical coastal rainforest. This research proved that insects colonize remains in a predictable sequence and can be used to assist in determining time of death. The sequence of insect colonization varies with season and habitat but is predictable within each of these parameters. An extensive database has been established for shade and sun habitats and for victims killed in spring, summer and fall. This work has been used in the investigation of six death investigations to date. It will continue to be used in subsequent investigations in this area.
Keywords
Forensic entomoloy;Homicide investigation;Death -- Time of;Carrion insects
Report Number
RA1063.45;TR-05-1995E;TR-05-95 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 1995
Number of Pages
50
DSTKIM No
CA031309
CANDIS No
530013
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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