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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.

Police investigating suspicious death in Royal Oak


ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Police investigated Thursday evening after a body was found in Royal Oak.

The body was found in the 3500 block of Elmhurst Avenue and police are treating the case as a suspicious death.

Police are investigating inside a home and the surrounding area. They have not released the identity, age or sex of

Read more at: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/crime/police-investigating-suspicious-death-in-royal-oak

Suspicious Death Investigation Launched Following Assault at Independent Living Facility

Police are investigating a suspicious death at an independent living facility in the Alta Vista neighborhood of Southeast San Diego.

The San Diego Police Department said someone called 911 Thursday morning to report a disturbance at the facility at 5700 Mariposa Place.

Officers arrived just after 8:45 a.m. to find a 59-year-old Philip Muse lying unresponsive on the facility’s back patio.

Muse, a tenant at the facility, was taken to an area hospital where he is not expected to survive.

According to SDPD, Muse assaulted an employee at the facility then got into a physical altercation with another tenant.

Muse did not appear to have any obvious signs of trauma to his body, police said.

Homicide investigators were called to the scene out of an abundance of caution, SDPD said.

No other information was available.

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Read more at: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Suspicious-Death-Investigation-Launched-Following-Assault-at-Independent-Living-Facility-504513222.html

Homicide: Body found in woods in NW Ocala

The man, in his 60s, lived in a tent in the woods.

Ocala police officers are investigating the suspicious death of a man found in a densely wooded area off a busy roadway in the northwest part of town on Thursday.

A few hours into their investigation, police officials on scene identified the deceased found in a tent as Roland Lanctot. Lanctot was 61.

Detectives said Lanctot’s sister went to the police department earlier in the day to report her brother missing. She said she tried calling him, but he did not answer and was worried about him. Not hearing from him, she went to the police department.

The woman later went to the 3300 block of Northwest Blitchton Road, where her brother lived in a tent in a heavily wooded area. Officers were called to the scene when the woman could not wake her brother. Detectives said the body was clothed

Read more at: https://www.ocala.com/news/20190117/homicide-body-found-in-woods-in-nw-ocala

Victim’s grandson, two Arkansas men face murder charges in Morehouse

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Three people have been arrested in connection with the death of William “Wyatt” Smith in Morehouse Parish, including the victim’s grandson, Trent Scott Little, age 29. 

The address provided by law enforcement for Little indicates he resided at the victim’s home on Crossett Road/U.S. 425 in Morehouse.

Dustin Sapp, age 27, and Michael J. Harper, age 22, both of Camden, and Little were booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail. Each is facing charges of first degree murder, armed robbery, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Little also is facing a parole violation. 

The suspects were taken into custody Thursday by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office in a Monroe hotel room near Pecanland Mall. 

A cause of death has not been released. An

Read more at: https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/crime/2019/01/17/victim-morehouse-homicide-idd-former-police-captain-3-custody/2605620002/

Death of woman on Saskatchewan First Nation called suspicious by RCMP

Police are calling the death of a woman on a Saskatchewan First Nation suspicious.

Blaine Lake RCMP were called to the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation early Sunday for a report of an unresponsive woman outside her home.


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Officers said paramedics were already there when they arrived.

Joanne Wolfe-Lafond, 56, was declared dead.

An autopsy was performed in Regina on Jan. 16 and police said Wolfe-Lafond’s death is being treated as suspicious.


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No other details, including a cause of death, have been released as the investigation continues.

Muskeg Lake Cree Nation is roughly 130 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

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Suspicious Death on Highway 527 Ruled Homicide

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The Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a suspicious death with foul play suspected.

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a death where foul play is suspected.

On January 13, 2019, police received information that a body was located on the shoulder of Highway 527 just north of the Highway 11-17 junction.

An investigation is ongoing by the OPP North West Region Crime Unit and OPP Forensic Identification Services under the direction of Detective Inspector Darryl Sigouin of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

A post mortem examination has been completed at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) in Toronto. The victim has been identified as a 21-year-old male from the Greater Toronto area. This death has been

Read more at: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2019/01/17/suspicious-death-on-highway-527-ruled-homicide/

Thunder Bay OPP Investigate Suspicious Death – Wawa

The Thunder Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a death where foul play is suspected.

 

On January 13, 2019, police received information that a body was located on the shoulder of Highway 527 just north of the Highway 11-17 junction.

An investigation is ongoing by the OPP North West Region Crime Unit and OPP Forensic Identification Services under the direction of Detective Inspector Darryl Sigouin of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

A post mortem examination has been completed at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) in Toronto. The victim has been identified as a 21 year old male from the Greater Toronto area. This death has been ruled as a homicide.

 

The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times. The OPP’s websitewww.opp.ca, contains a number of useful resources, tips and

Read more at: https://wawa-news.com/index.php/2019/01/17/thunder-bay-opp-investigate-suspicious-death/