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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.

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office seeking witnesses following suspicious death of 20-year-old Tulsa woman

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Suspicious death of 10-year-old boy in Lancaster raises new questions – KABC

As a Lancaster community mourns the loss of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos, the investigation into his suspicious death grows more ominous.

Seven other children in the home where he reportedly fell to his death are now in protective custody.

Deputies first responded to the apartment in the 1100 block of East Avenue K around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, where they found the boy unresponsive and with head injuries. Although the boy survived the night, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

RELATED: Lancaster boy, 10, dies following “suspicious” fall

There was no answer at the family apartment when ABC7’s Sid Garcia knocked on the door Friday morning.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, those seven other children were living in the apartment. It’s not sure who they belong to, but all of them are in protective custody as they investigate what happened to Anthony.

Thursday night, dozens gathered

Read more at: http://abc7.com/suspicious-death-of-boy-in-lancaster-raises-new-questions/3638685/

Suspicious death of 10-year-old boy in Lancaster raises new … – KABC – KABC

As a Lancaster community mourns the loss of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos, the investigation into his suspicious death grows more ominous.

Seven other children in the home where he reportedly fell to his death are now in protective custody.

Deputies first responded to the apartment in the 1100 block of East Avenue K around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, where they found the boy unresponsive and with head injuries. Although the boy survived the night, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

RELATED: Lancaster boy, 10, dies following “suspicious” fall

There was no answer at the family apartment when ABC7’s Sid Garcia knocked on the door Friday morning.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, those seven other children were living in the apartment. It’s not sure who they belong to, but all of them are in protective custody as they investigate what happened to Anthony.

Thursday night, dozens gathered

Read more at: http://abc7.com/suspicious-death-of-boy-in-lancaster-raises-new-questions/3638685/

St. George Police detain person of interest in suspicious death …


ST. GEORGE, Utah — Police in St. George are investigating a suspicious death Friday after receiving a tip about an altercation.

According to the St. George Police Department, officers were contacted by a citizens who received information an altercation had occurred and that someone was possibly killed.

Police responded to the 2000 Block of 1575 North and are now investigating a suspicious death.

The tipsters also “provided officers with the name and location of the suspect.”

Detectives have detained a person of interest in the case and are currently interviewing that person.

“We do not believe that any other persons are involved at this time and there is no danger to the public,” police stated.

The parties involved have not been identified, and police did not release any details regarding the cause and manner of death.

Fox 13

Read more at: http://fox13now.com/2018/06/22/st-george-police-detain-person-of-interest-in-suspicious-death-investigation/

Sheriff: Woman’s death at Andover home investigated as homicide

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. Update: Friday 10 a.m.

Photo of Lisa Trimmell (from Branda Davis McEwen)

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson investigates the death of Lisa Trimmell as murder.

Lt. Tim Meyers says no arrests have been made.

Meyers says just because it’s classified as murder doesn’t mean there will be any arrests due to the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Deputies say there is no threat to the public.

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UPDATE (11 p.m. Thursday, June 21):

Eyewitness News Thursday spoke with a friend of 41-year-old Lisa Trimmell, the night after the mother was found dead inside a home near Andover.

Police are investigating Trimmell’s death as suspicious. She died from a gunshot wound, police say.

Thursday night, Branda Davis McEwen, a friend and former college roommate of Trimmell issued the following statement:

Lisa and I became fast friend and roommates at

Read more at: http://www.kwch.com/content/news/1-critically-injured-in-shooting-near-Andover-486095351.html

Boy’s ‘suspicious’ death prompts removal of 7 other children from …

Authorities on Thursday said they were investigating the suspicious death of Anthony Avalos, 10, who reportedly died from injuries relating to a fall.

Authorities on Thursday said they were investigating the “suspicious” death of Anthony Avalos, 10, who reportedly died from injuries relating to a fall.

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/22/boys-suspicious-death-prompts-removal-7-other-children-from-home-police.html

Friend of mother found dead in home near Andover releases statement

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) Update: Friday 10 a.m.

Photo of Lisa Trimmell (from Branda Davis McEwen)

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office says the death of Lisa Trimmell is being investigated as a homicide.

The sheriff’s office says it is actively investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting.

There are no outstanding suspects, and no suspects have been arrested.

Once the investigation is concluded, the case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office.
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Update: Thursday, June 21 – 11 p.m.

Eyewitness News Thursday spoke with a friend of 41-year-old Lisa Trimmell, the night after the mother was found dead inside a home near Andover.

Police are investigating Trimmell’s death as suspicious. She died from a gunshot wound, police say.

Thursday night, Branda Davis McEwen, a friend and former college roommate of Trimmell issued the following statement:

Lisa and

Read more at: http://www.kwch.com/content/news/1-critically-injured-in-shooting-near-Andover-486095351.html

Authorities had previously visited home where boy was found dead …

“As a department, our first and foremost priority is the safety of our county’s children, and we grieve whenever we hear of a child’s death. We also try to understand how such tragedies occur, and we work hard to figure out how they might have been prevented in the first place. But, unfortunately, we are reminded at times that people are capable of the unspeakable.”

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lancaster-death-20180621-story.html

Authorities had previously visited home where boy was found dead under suspicious circumstances

“As a department, our first and foremost priority is the safety of our county’s children, and we grieve whenever we hear of a child’s death. We also try to understand how such tragedies occur, and we work hard to figure out how they might have been prevented in the first place. But, unfortunately, we are reminded at times that people are capable of the unspeakable.”

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lancaster-death-20180621-story.html

Woman’s death at home near Andover labeled ‘suspicious’

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. UPDATE (5 p.m. Thursday, June 21):

The investigation into the death of a woman at an affluent family home near Andover continues.

Thursday, friends confirm the woman found dead inside the home from a gunshot wound is 41-year-old Lisa Trimmell.

We’re told there were two kids at the home when the shooting happened and that police interviewed them.

Lisa Trimmell had two children, but we do not know if they were the ones at the home when the shooting happened. Records show the home belongs to Justin Trimmell, a prominent orthodontist in Wichita.

Justin Trimmell was not at the home when the shooting happened.

Although the investigation into her death continues. Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Myers says investigators are labeling Lisa Trimmell’s death as suspicious.

No arrests have been made in the case and Myers says officers

Read more at: http://www.kwch.com/content/news/1-critically-injured-in-shooting-near-Andover-486095351.html