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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.

Suspicious death in Dartmouth ruled homicide

Halifax Regional Police say the suspicious death of a 42-year-old man in Dartmouth has been ruled a homicide.

Officers responded to the call of a man in medical distress at an apartment located in the 0-100 block Pinecrest Drive around 4:25 p.m. Friday.

Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say based on an autopsy conducted Saturday, the medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide and identified the victim as Derek Miles of Dartmouth.

The investigation, led by the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division and Forensic Identification officers is ongoing.

Officers remain on the scene and anticipate they will be into the night Saturday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Read more at: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/suspicious-death-in-dartmouth-ruled-homicide-1.3768541

Suspicious death in Dartmouth ruled homicide | CTV Atlantic News

Halifax Regional Police say the suspicious death of a 42-year-old man in Dartmouth has been ruled a homicide.

Officers responded to the call of a man in medical distress at an apartment located in the 0-100 block Pinecrest Drive around 4:25 p.m. Friday.

Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say based on an autopsy conducted Saturday, the medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide and identified the victim as Derek Miles of Dartmouth.

The investigation, led by the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division and Forensic Identification officers is ongoing.

Officers remain on the scene and anticipate they will be into the night Saturday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Read more at: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/suspicious-death-in-dartmouth-ruled-homicide-1.3768541

Police investigate suspicious death after man’s body found in Winston-Salem dumpster – Winston

A man’s body was discovered in a dumpster outside a Winston-Salem apartment building Saturday morning, according to police.

The death of 40-year-old Curtis Jermaine Farrow of Rural Hall has been ruled suspicious and is being investigated by the criminal investigations unit, Lt. Mike Cardwell said.

The body was found at 11:08 a.m. Saturday in a dumpster outside the Ivy Apartments on Ivy Avenue near East 30th Street.

It was unclear how long the body had been there or the cause of death.

Police said due to the circumstances, the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed investigative responsibilities.

The case remains under investigation, Cardwell said.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding this investigation call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

Read more at: http://www.journalnow.com/news/crime/police-investigate-suspicious-death-after-man-s-body-found-in/article_d777de69-72f9-5464-aa76-799ed2ef35c2.html

Police investigate suspicious death after man’s body found in … – Winston

A man’s body was discovered in a dumpster outside a Winston-Salem apartment building Saturday morning, according to police.

The death of 40-year-old Curtis Jermaine Farrow of Rural Hall has been ruled suspicious and is being investigated by the criminal investigations unit, Lt. Mike Cardwell said.

The body was found at 11:08 a.m. Saturday in a dumpster outside the Ivy Apartments on Ivy Avenue near East 30th Street.

It was unclear how long the body had been there or the cause of death.

Police said due to the circumstances, the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed investigative responsibilities.

The case remains under investigation, Cardwell said.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding this investigation to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

Read more at: http://www.journalnow.com/news/crime/police-investigate-suspicious-death-after-man-s-body-found-in/article_d777de69-72f9-5464-aa76-799ed2ef35c2.html

Police investigating suspicious death in Dartmouth | CTV Atlantic …

The Halifax Regional Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 42-year-old man in Dartmouth.

Officers responded to the call of a man in medical distress at an apartment located in the 0-100 block of Pinecrest Drive around 4:25 p.m. Friday.

Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers say the investigation is in its initial stages, but investigators are treating the death as suspicious at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

Read more at: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/police-investigating-suspicious-death-in-dartmouth-1.3768226

Police investigating suspicious death in Dartmouth

The Halifax Regional Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 42-year-old man in Dartmouth.

Officers responded to the call of a man in medical distress at an apartment located in the 0-100 block of Pinecrest Drive around 4:25 p.m. Friday.

Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers say the investigation is in its initial stages, but investigators are treating the death as suspicious at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

Read more at: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/police-investigating-suspicious-death-in-dartmouth-1.3768226

PD: Man found dead in Grand Rapids house was shot | WOODTV.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating a suspicious death on the city’s northwest side.

Officers were called to a home at the corner of Straight Avenue and Chatham Street NW around 11:45 a.m. Friday for a welfare check. When they arrived, they found a 26-year-old man who was unconscious and “suffering from injuries that are consistent with a gunshot wound.”

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He’s 26 years old, he’s a male and that in and of itself would make it suspicious,” GRPD Deputy Chief Eric Payne said. “But there were things at the scene that would cause us at least wanting to look into it more.”

Police have not yet released the victim’s name. It’s unclear exactly when he died.

Investigators said no one else was inside the home when the man was found, and officers do not have a suspect description.

Anyone with information in this case

Read more at: http://woodtv.com/2018/01/19/pd-death-of-man-found-in-grand-rapids-house-suspicious/

PD: Man found dead in Grand Rapids house was shot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating a suspicious death on the city’s northwest side.

Officers were called to a home at the corner of Straight Avenue and Chatham Street NW around 11:45 a.m. Friday for a welfare check. When they arrived, they found a 26-year-old man who was unconscious and “suffering from injuries that are consistent with a gunshot wound.”

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He’s 26 years old, he’s a male and that in and of itself would make it suspicious,” GRPD Deputy Chief Eric Payne said. “But there were things at the scene that would cause us at least wanting to look into it more.”

Police have not yet released the victim’s name. It’s unclear exactly when he died.

Investigators said no one else was inside the home when the man was found, and officers do not have a suspect description.

Anyone with information in this case

Read more at: http://woodtv.com/2018/01/19/pd-death-of-man-found-in-grand-rapids-house-suspicious/

US family seeks justice in kin’s ‘suspicious’ death in PH

Documentary filmmaker Jesse Phinney died in NBI custody in Cebu City last December 5. CONTRIBUTED

Instead of recollecting wonderful memories from Christmases pasts, exchanging gifts and preparing for holiday dinners with relatives and friends, the Phinney family in Boston, Massachusetts, were comforting each other telling and stories about the life well lived by Jesse Phinney, which ended tragically in Cebu City on December 5 last year.

Phinney died while in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), suspected of human trafficking and child abuse under Republic Act 7610.

Who was Jesse Phinney? Why was he in Cebu City? Why does his death raise more questions than answers?

Documentary filmmaker

Jesse Phinney, 42, was a respected and well-known documentary filmmaker and director of photography. He had a degree in film studies and anthropology from the University of Southern California.

Since 2001, Jesse

Read more at: http://usa.inquirer.net/9583/us-family-seeks-justice-kins-suspicious-death-ph

PD: Death of man found in Grand Rapids house ‘suspicious’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating a suspicious death on the city’s West Side.

Officers say they were called to a home at the corner of Straight Avenue and Chatham Street NW just before noon for a welfare check. When they arrived, they found a 26-year-old man dead inside the home.

Detectives say the man’s death is suspicious, but have not disclosed why. An autopsy is scheduled.

Police have taped off the scene while they investigate. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.

This is a developing story; we have a crew at the scene working to learn more. Check back for updates on woodtv.com throughout the day.

Read more at: http://woodtv.com/2018/01/19/pd-death-of-man-found-in-grand-rapids-house-suspicious/