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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: No charges in ‘suspicious’ death of South Salt Lake man

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Despite being involved in a fight prior to his death, the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined a South Salt Lake man whose death was originally called “suspicious,” died of a drug overdose.

On Nov. 20, South Salt Lake police were called to an apartment at 3401 S. 200 East. A woman indicated that the victim was not conscious, not breathing and had been stabbed, South Salt Lake police detective Gary Keller said at the time. But investigators could not find any evidence of a stab wound.

At the time, police said the death was being treated as “suspicious,” but detectives weren’t sure if they were investigating a murder.

South Salt Lake police on Monday said that even though Richard Marolejo, 52, was involved in a fight, his death was ruled a drug overdose and no criminal charges will be filed against the man he was fighting with.


Read more at: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900045920/police-no-charges-in-suspicious-death-of-south-salt-lake-man.html

Body found in car near McCluer High School

CALVERTON PARK, Mo. – The body of a man was discovered in a car near McCluer High School Monday morning. A person who lives nearby tells FOX 2’s Andy Banker that officers arrived on the scene at the corner of New Florissant Road and Barto Drive at around 11am. Police are treating this as a suspicious death.

A Calverton Park police officer discovered the body. He is described by police as a black male. The identity of the victim will be released when the next-of-kin is notified about the death.

The Honda Accord that the body was found in was parked illegally. The Major Case Squad has been activated to investigate this apparent murder.

The Ferguson-Florissant School District says that their schools are not on lockdown. Buses and students who walk home are being diverted around the scene. McCluer and Walnut Grove parents have been notified.

Investigators with The Major Case Squad ask that

Read more at: https://fox2now.com/2018/12/10/body-fond-in-car-near-mccluer-north-high-school/

Calk Street suspicious death investigation ruled homicide: CPD

Angela Lee Young/Provided

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A 50-year-old woman has been identified the Richland County Coroner’s Office as the victim of a murder investigation.

Columbia Police say what was being investigated as a suspicious death has now been ruled a homicide after the body of Angela Lee Young was found on Calk Street on December 9.

Coroner Gary Watts said Young was shot in the upper body.

Citizens with information about the crime are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC. LOG onto:www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.DOWNLOAD the new P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.

RELATED: Police investigating after woman’s body found in Columbia

Read more at: https://www.abccolumbia.com/2018/12/10/calk-street-suspicious-death-investigation-ruled-homicide-cpd/

Police investigating after woman’s body found in Columbia

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CPD investigating suspicious death near W. Beltline Boulevard

If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372) or visiting www.midlandscrimestoppers.com or www.p3tips.com and click on the “submit a tip” tab. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Read more at: https://www.wistv.com/2018/12/09/cpd-investigating-suspicious-death-near-w-beltline-boulevard/

Authorities ID Body Found Burned Near Lynn Playground

Authorities have released the name of the man reportedly found dead near a playground in Lynn, Massachusetts.

According to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, 29-year-old Tito Lopez-Elbanks’ body was discovered at about 2:10 p.m. last Thursday by a dog walker near the area of Frey Park near Oak Street, just steps away from a playground and baseball field. Authorities say his body had been burned. 

“You worry about the coyotes that might come out but never finding a dead body,” Marie Barone, a Lynn resident, said.

Disturbing Discovery in Lynn

[NECN] Disturbing Discovery in Lynn

Malcolm Johnson reports from Lynn, where a burned body has been identified as a 29-year-old man.

(Published Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018)

Authorities identified the body as Lopez-Elbanks on Saturday morning. His body was burned so badly, according to officials, that it took extra time to properly identify him.

A makeshift memorial

Read more at: https://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Authorities-ID-Body-Found-Burned-Near-Lynn-Playground-502252141-1.html

Colorado Springs Police investigating suspicious death Saturday morning

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Deputies investigate ‘suspicious death’ in Washington Township

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Sheriff Deputies are on the scene investigating a death.

The incident happened around noon in the 1500 block of Chartwell Drive.

A woman called 911 Saturday telling dispatchers she found her 38-year-old son in the basement deceased.

The cause of death is not known at this time but deputies tell 2 NEWS it is being investigated as a suspicious death.

2 NEWS has

Read more at: https://www.wdtn.com/news/local-news/deputies-investigate-suspicious-death-in-washington-township/1647221890

UPDATE: Fairbanks man charged with first degree murder in suspicious death investigation

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Update: Friday, Dec. 7, 7:40 p.m.:
A Fairbanks man was arrested in Anchorage and charged with first degree murder in the Nov. 21 death of 56-year-old Jose Raul Santiago in Fairbanks.

Image from surveillance video (Alaska State Troopers)

On Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers released surveillance video showing a white Volvo SUV pulling a rolled up piece of carpeting down a driveway onto College Road near the Aurora subdivision.

That vehicle was later found crashed around mile 2.2 of Ballaine Road. Santiago was believed to have driving the vehicle when it left the road, entered an an embankment, and crashed into an elevated driveway, according to an AST dispatch from Nov. 21. Investigators determined that Santiago had been ejected into the passenger’s side floor board and died as a result of those injuries.

But on Nov. 29, the results of an

Read more at: https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Troopers-release-surveillance-video-in-suspicious-death-investigation-501938261.html