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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.

LPD launches homicide investigation after body found in street

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Lincoln Police confirmed they are investigating a homicide that took place on Thursday night.

LPD said just before 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, officers were called to area of 14th and Judson on a call of a man jumping from a moving vehicle, and a body was discovered laying on 14th Street.

Police said the man, Stacy Talbot, 42, had a gunshot wound to his chest.

Talbot was transported to the hospital where he died at 9:16 p.m.

LPD said crime scene investigators have been examining evidence, and have determined the crime was not random, and there is no ongoing threat to the public.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Talbot.

In addition, Lincoln Police said around 1:30 a.m. Friday they spotted a vehicle they said they believe is connected to the homicide.

An officer tried to stop it, but it continued and a pursuit was

Read more at: https://www.1011now.com/content/news/Lincoln-Police-investigate-suspicious-death-498003051.html

Fond du Lac Police investigating suspicious death

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – A mother grieving the loss of her son in Fond du Lac is looking for answers. According to Katherine Farr, “I can’t even look at his pictures without crying.”

Joshua Farr

Joshua Farr (photo provided)

Farr’s 32-year son Joshua Farr died last week at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah. The Fond du Lac man was being treated for a head injury after he was found unconscious in the middle of the roadway on the 800 block of Grove Street in Fond du Lac back on October 3rd.

It’s been a week since Katherine Farr’s son, Joshua, died from a head injury after being found lying in the street. While she continues to grieve his death, she’s also frustrated with the police investigation into it. Farr says, “Just find his killer and make justice

Read more at: https://www.wbay.com/content/news/Fond-du-Lac-Police-investigating-suspicious-death-497966801.html

Investigation into suspicious death at Red Roof Inn – WRDW

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — The Richmond County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that the body of a woman was found in a room of the Red Rood Inn on Washington Road around 9:50 Thursday morning.

Reports say Ashley Loren Knowles was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:15 in the morning.

Authorities say the 35-year-old woman is from Augusta.

Details are limited as the Richmond County Coroner’s Office and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office are both investigating this incident.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday at the GBI Crime Lab.

Stay with News 12 NBC 26 as we continue to follow this story and update it as more information becomes available.

Read more at: https://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Investigation-into-suspicious-death-at-Red-Roof-Inn--497951911.html

‘Suspicious’ death of Saudi agent in Khashoggi case, Turkish news says

A Turkish newspaper has reported that one of the suspects involved in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a “suspicious car accident” in Riyadh.

Mashal Saad Al-Bostani, a 31-year-old lieutenant of the Saudi Royal Air Forces was one of the 15 Saudi agents who Turkish officials say was involved in the operation to kill the Washington Post journalist.

Al-Bostani, who was inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when Khashoggi entered it, died in a traffic accident in Riyadh, according to several Turkish papers. The news outlets, however, provided no details of the accident.

He has been identified as one of several members of the assassination crew to have ties with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Earlier in the week the New York Times reported that four of the alleged killers were linked by witnesses directly to the Crown Prince’s security details.

If reports of Al Bostani’s

Read more at: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181018-suspicious-death-of-saudi-agent-in-khashoggi-case-turkish-news-says/

Heartbroken family of South Burlington man looking for answers after suspicious death in Costa Rica

When Thomas Cook’s family learned that his body had been

Read more at: https://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/heartbroken-family-of-south-burlington-man-looking-for-answers-after-suspicious-death-in-costa-rica/1532261862

Cary police investigating suspicious death of 5-month-old boy

— Cary police said they are investigating the September death of a 5-month-old boy as suspicious.

According to a search warrant, a woman woke up to find her baby under a plastic bag at Cheswick Place on Sept. 18.

The document also said the woman is suspected of drinking and doing drugs the night the child died.

No charges have been filed in the case.

Read more at: https://www.wral.com/cary-police-investigating-suspicious-death-of-5-month-old-boy/17920792/

Police investigate suspicious death on NE Portland bike path

Authorities are investigating a suspicious death on a Northeast Portland bike path, police say.

Portland police said they responded to a path near 122nd Ave and Siskiyou Street about 7:25 a.m. Tuesday and found a man down on the path. Police didn’t say how the man died, but an online incident tracker shows police responded to a reported stabbing in the area about that time.

A medical examiner will confirm the man’s identity and determine the cause and manner of his death, police said. Homicide investigators are among the authorities that responded to the scene Tuesday morning.  

Police urge anyone who has information to call 503-823-0479.

— Jim Ryan 

Read more at: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/10/police_investigate_suspicious_5.html