Our culture almost always perceives drowning as an accident; for this reason, most water-related deaths receive little or no investigation. Often times, police called to the scene of a drowning may consider it an accident before they even arrive. To rule out foul play, drowning must be thoroughly considered. Written by a forensic pathologist and an investigator who specializes in this area, this book covers the investigation of suspicious water-related deaths, from inspection of the possible crime scene to the interpretation of autopsy findings. The text aims to help both detectives and pathologists with a difficult-to-prove crime.
- Features case studies to clarify material
- Provides numerous illustrations including a color insert
- Reviews the forensic pathological aspects of drowning
- Includes red flag indicators of foul play
- Presents instruction in non-verbal communication skills for use in interviewing/interrogation, and on-scene body assessment
Table of Contents
On-Scene Body Assessment
The Forensic Pathological Aspects of Deaths Due to Drowning
Staging the Scene
Specifics Pertaining to the Scene
Erica J. Armstrong, MD, is a Forensic Pathologist for the Office of the Cuyahoga County Coroner in Cleveland, Ohio. Kevin L. Erskine is a Master Criminal Investigator for the Cleveland Lakefront State Park Police.