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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.

Authorities investigate a suspicious death near Atwater – KFSN

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said they are investigating a suspicious death after a man’s body was found on the side of a road near Atwater.

The Sheriff’s office said just before midnight on Wednesday, they received a call of a body on the side of the road near Avenue One and Gurr Road — south of Castle Airport.

Investigators have not said how the man died and they do not have any suspects at this point.

Stay with Action News and ABC30.com for more on this story.

Read more at: http://abc30.com/news/authorities-investigate-a-suspicious-death-near-atwater/2131663/

Police investigating suspicious death of infant in south St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — A mother tells police that she discovered her 2-month-old died this morning.  Police were called to the 3300 block of Oregon at around 7am Thursday .  They are investigating the incident as a suspicious death.  The mother says the baby girl was fine when she put the child to bed last night.

Investigators are meeting with the family to determine what happened. Child Abuse investigators responded and are working to determine the circumstances. The investigation is ongoing.

Read more at: http://fox2now.com/2017/06/22/police-investigating-suspicious-death-of-infant-in-south-st-louis/

Suspicious death of Black man in Mississippi recalls state’s haunting past

The recent killings of two Black men in Mississippi are raising serious questions about whether or not the deaths were the result of lynchings.

Reports indicate the first victim was identified as 30-year-old Jeremy Jerome Jackson, whose severed head and charred body were found in separate locations. His head was found on the porch of his home while his body was discovered less than a mile away. Before his death Jackson suffered from a gunshot wound to the leg.

The FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. attorney’s office are now all involved in the investigation.

“Obviously the manner in which these two incidents have occurred, personally, I found to be shocking, bizarre, brutal, unacceptable to the city of Jackson and its citizens,” Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said. He continued, “Over the weekend we formulated plans on how we’re going to solve

Read more at: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/jun/22/suspicious-death-black-man-mississippi-recalls-sta/

Malden Police Investigating ‘Suspicious’ Death « CBS Boston

MALDEN (CBS) — One man is in custody after the death of a 31-year-old woman was ruled as suspicious by Malden Police and the Middlesex DA.

Police were called to a Lebanon Street home for an unresponsive woman just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

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A house on Lebanon Street in Malden where police found an unresponsive woman (WBZ-TV)

After finding the woman, police began to look for 32-year-old Ryan Power.

They issued a warrant for Power on the charges of strangulation and assault and battery on a household or family member.

Police allege Power left the house on Tuesday night after getting into an argument with the woman.

He was located and arrested in Seabrook, New Hampshire as a fugitive of justice and transported back to Massachusetts.

Neighbors told WBZ-TV that whoever lives in the house where the woman was found keeps

Read more at: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/06/21/malden-police-investigating-suspicious-death/

Malden Police Investigating ‘Suspicious’ Death

MALDEN (CBS) — One man is in custody after the death of a 31-year-old woman was ruled as suspicious by Malden Police and the Middlesex DA.

Police were called to a Lebanon Street home for an unresponsive woman just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

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A house on Lebanon Street in Malden where police found an unresponsive woman (WBZ-TV)

After finding the woman, police began to look for 32-year-old Ryan Power.

They issued a warrant for Power on the charges of strangulation and assault and battery on a household or family member.

Police allege Power left the house on Tuesday night after getting into an argument with the woman.

He was located and arrested in Seabrook, New Hampshire as a fugitive of justice and transported back to Massachusetts.

Power will be arraigned in Malden District Court on June 22.

No further details are available

Read more at: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/06/21/malden-police-investigating-suspicious-death/

Police investigate suspicious death in Cecil County

CHARLESTOWN, Md. –

Police are investigating the death of a woman who was found in Charlestown Marina Wednesday. 

She was found unresponsive on the floor of her boat. No cause of death was immediately obvious. Detectives are investigating her death as suspicious. 

A man called State Police around 3 a.m. Tuesday after he said he heard thrashing noises coming from the boat. 

No charges or arrests have been made. 

Read more at: http://www.abc2news.com/news/crime-checker/cecil-county-crime/police-investigate-death-in-cecil-county

Authorities investigate suspicious death of woman on boat in Cecil …

Authorities said they are investigating the suspicious death of a woman found on her boat in Cecil County.

The Maryland State Police said the woman, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

Investigators hoped an autopsy, to be conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will provide more information.

Troopers were called to the Charlestown Marina on the North East River shortly before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, police said.

A man told police he heard thrashing noises coming from inside a boat docked in the marina. He told police he boarded the boat to check on her and allegedly found her unresponsive.

Emergency medical services personnel found the woman lying on the floor inside the cabin of her boat and unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

No cause of death was immediately

Read more at: http://www.wbaltv.com/article/authorities-investigate-suspicious-death-of-woman-on-boat-in-cecil-county/10201764

Police investigating suspicious death in Charlestown

CHARLESTOWN — Police have launched an investigation after a woman was found dead on a boat at Charlestown Marina early Wednesday morning.

The woman, who is not being identified pending notification of next of kin, was found at around 3 a.m. after a man at the marina reported hearing thrashing noises coming from inside the boat. The man told investigators with the Maryland State Police North East Barrack that he boarded the 30-foot fiberglass hull vessel and allegedly found her unresponsive, police reported.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found the woman lying on the floor of the cabin cruiser. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

No arrests have been made and detectives said the cause of death was not obvious. Investigators are hopeful an autopsy that will be conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will provide additional information, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile,

Read more at: http://www.cecildaily.com/police_and_fire_beat/article_70a55909-441a-526e-ad72-d12482b05b1f.html

Suspicious death under investigation in Burlington County | NJ.com

UPDATE: Authorities said a suspect at large, shooting wasn’t random

MAPLE SHADE TWP. — Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting behind a Kings Highway business Wednesday morning.

Roofers working above the scene told NJ Advance Media they heard and saw roughly 15 gunshots and saw two men fleeing the area after wearing reflective vests. The incident occurred around 8:30 am. at the rear of the building at 124 East Kings Highway that houses Albo Appliance and Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina told 6ABC that his office has identified a suspect and is trying to locate him, but the public is not in danger. His office has not provided any comment to NJ Advance Media.

Another bystander said the victim was a man who worked at Albo Appliance store.

One of the roofers said that from his perch nearby, he saw two men in reflective vests firing at the victim, who fell and did

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/burlington/index.ssf/2017/06/suspicious_death_under_investigation_in_burlington.html