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Solving the Riddle of Suspicious Death

As elected coroners were replaced by medical examiners with scientific training, the American public became fascinated with their work. From the grisly investigations showcased on highly rated television shows like CSI to the bestselling mysteries that revolve around forensic science, medical examiners have never been so visible—or compelling. They, and they alone, solve the riddle of suspicious death and the existential questions that come with it. Why did someone die? Could it have been prevented? Should someone be held accountable? What are the implications of ruling a death a suicide, a homicide, or an accident? Can medical examiners unmask the perfect crime?

Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries) goes deep inside the world of medical examiners to uncover the intricate web of social, legal, and moral issues in which they operate. Stefan Timmermans spent years in a medical examiner’s office following cases, interviewing examiners, and watching autopsies. While he relates fascinating cases here, he is also more broadly interested in the cultural authority and responsibilities that come with being a medical examiner. How medical examiners speak to the living on behalf of the dead is Timmermans’ subject, revealed here in the day-to-day lives of the examiners themselves.

Suspicious death investigation underway in Brooksville

– A woman was found dead, and Hernando County deputies are investigating her death as suspicious.

On Wednesday morning, around 4:15 a.m., the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a possible death at 15013 Old Stage Coach Road in Brooksville. When deputies arrived, they found the deceased woman.

Deputies said the death appears to be suspicious, and all “parties involved in the incident have been identified and accounted for.” There is no danger to the community, they added.

No other information was provided, including the woman’s identity.

Read more at: http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/suspicious-death-investigation-underway-in-brooksville

‘Suspicious’ death near Fife Lake triggers probe

TRAVERSE CITY — A downstate man’s death in Kalkaska County is being treated as suspicious by authorities.

Brodrick Albert Ward, 42, of Inkster, was found dead Tuesday at a Gonyer Road home, authorities said. His relatives discovered his body after they couldn’t reach him and drove up from downstate to check on him.

An autopsy will be conducted, authorities said.

Kalkaska County Sheriff Pat Whiteford and Undersheriff Harry Shipp issued a news release Wednesday stating investigators are treating Ward’s death as “suspicious” but few other details. They didn’t return calls for additional comment.

The release states a 911 call at 5:03 p.m. about Ward’s death prompted an ongoing investigation by Kalkaska County sheriff’s deputies, Michigan State Police troopers and state police crime lab technicians. Investigators asked people with information about Ward to call the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department at 231-258-8686.

Read more at: http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/suspicious-death-near-fife-lake-triggers-probe/article_d87447a9-4ccd-535d-83a1-f6c23a99b9d1.html

Authorities seeking more information on ‘suspicious’ death near I-84 …

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Authorities are seeking the public’s aid to help determine what led to the death of a man found last Friday near Interstate 84 in Troutdale.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that an investigation is still ongoing examining the death of Brandon Lee Miller, 29, of California. He was found in a field around 4 p.m. near exit 17 along westbound I-84 and pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

The county medical examiner’s office said an autopsy has been conducted, but an cause of death hasn’t yet been determined. The department said they’re awaiting more information from the police investigation to make a definitive ruling.

Miller’s death has been described by the sheriff’s office as suspicious. The agency said it’s possible

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2017/11/authorities_seeking_more_infor.html

Authorities seeking more information on ‘suspicious’ death near I-84 in Troutdale

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Authorities are seeking the public’s aid to help determine what led to the death of a man found last Friday near Interstate 84 in Troutdale.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that an investigation is still ongoing examining the death of Brandon Lee Miller, 29, of California. He was found in a field around 4 p.m. near exit 17 along westbound I-84 and pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

The county medical examiner’s office said an autopsy has been conducted, but an cause of death hasn’t yet been determined. The department said they’re awaiting more information from the police investigation to make a definitive ruling.

Miller’s death has been described by the sheriff’s office as suspicious. The agency said it’s possible

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2017/11/authorities_seeking_more_infor.html

Lubbock Police Investigate Suspicious Death in NE Lubbock

Read more at: http://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/local-news/lubbock-police-investigate-suspicious-death-in-ne-lubbock/861541443

Deputies Investigate Suspicious Death Of Bellflower Woman

BELLFLOWER (CBSLA) – Authorities are investigating the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old Bellflower woman Monday night.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reports that at 6:26 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a home in the 9500 block of Cedar Street on a 911 call about a woman who was not breathing. They arrived to find the victim unresponsive in a bedroom. She died at the scene.

The victim’s husband told investigators that the two had been out drinking the night before. They returned home and fell asleep, and when the husband awoke the following afternoon, he discovered his wife unresponsive and not breathing, the sheriff’s department reports.

The woman’s cause of death remains unknown, LASD said. Her husband has not been arrested. Deputies did not disclose if he is considered a suspect in the case.

Read more at: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/11/21/suspicious-death-bellflower-woman/

Police Investigate Suspicious Death of Woman Found Dead in …

An autopsy was pending Monday on the body of a 23-year-old Bellflower woman who was found dead in her home, prompting an investigation by sheriff’s homicide detectives.

Deputies went to a residence in the 9500 block of Cedar Street, between Bellflower Boulevard and Clark Avenue, at 6:26 p.m. in response to a report of a person not breathing, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said the woman’s 38-year-old husband told deputies they had gone out partying and drank a lot Sunday night to early Monday before falling asleep.

The husband awoke sometime Monday afternoon and discovered his wife unresponsive and not breathing, authorities said. However, he did not alert officials of his wife’s failure to respond until approximately 6 p.m.

“It

Read more at: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Police-Investigate-Suspicious-Death-of-Woman-Found-Dead-in-Bellflower-Home-459023773.html

Police Investigate Suspicious Death of Woman Found Dead in Bellflower Home

An autopsy was pending Monday on the body of a 23-year-old Bellflower woman who was found dead in her home, prompting an investigation by sheriff’s homicide detectives.

Deputies went to a residence in the 9500 block of Cedar Street, between Bellflower Boulevard and Clark Avenue, at 6:26 p.m. in response to a report of a person not breathing, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said the woman’s 38-year-old husband told deputies they had gone out partying and drank a lot Sunday night to early Monday before falling asleep.

The husband awoke sometime Monday afternoon and discovered his wife unresponsive and not breathing, authorities said. However, he did not alert officials of his wife’s failure to respond until approximately 6 p.m.

“It

Read more at: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Police-Investigate-Suspicious-Death-of-Woman-Found-Dead-in-Bellflower-Home-459023773.html

Sacramento County homicide detectives investigating suspicious …

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a suspicious death in Elverta.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton said the department was notified by a motorist around 1:15 p.m. Monday that there was an unresponsive male along a roadway in the rural section of north Sacramento County.

Deputies and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel dispatched to Kasser Road west of Tan Woods Road pronounced the adult male dead at the scene. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office later identified him as 51-year-old Jeffrey Turner.

A preliminary investigation determined that Turner’s death was suspicious, and that the man died recently.

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Around 6 p.m. Monday, officials said that Kasser Road between Tan Woods Road and 16th Street in Elverta would likely be closed for the next few hours.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on Turner’s death to contact

Read more at: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article185741628.html

Sacramento County homicide detectives investigating suspicious death in Elverta

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a suspicious death in Elverta.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton said the department was notified by a motorist around 1:15 p.m. Monday that there was an unresponsive male along a roadway in the rural section of north Sacramento County.

Deputies and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel dispatched to Kasser Road west of Tan Woods Road pronounced the adult male dead at the scene. The victim’s identity has not been released.

A preliminary investigation determined that the death was suspicious, and that the man died recently.

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Around 6 p.m. Monday, officials said that Kasser Road between Tan Woods Road and 16th Street in Elverta would likely be closed for the next few hours.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on the death to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at

Read more at: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article185741628.html