Scene Investigations - Examine the body, the scene, and the facts and circumstances surrounding the death.
- Review all history to include recent activities, complaints, and
circumstances, as well as medications and medical treatment. Interview
witnesses, family members and others with pertinent information.
- Document and safeguard personal effects and property found on or
about the person at the time of his death until released to the legal
representative of the deceased.
Identification and Notification
- Establish the identity of the deceased by positive means. Confirm
through investigation the identity of the legal next of kin and conduct
or arrange for a personal notification.
- Determine the need for examinations by other experts as needed. These
may include radiological exams, autopsies by pathologists or forensic
pathologists, dental exams by forensic odontologists, toxicological
testing of body fluids and/or substances and other pertinent exams.
- Review all information obtained from various sources to establish the
cause and manner of death and determine if criminal activity or
criminal neglect was involved in the death.