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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 Affton ruled a homicide | FOX2now.com

AFFTON, Mo. – St. Louis County police have ruled that a suspicious death on Thursday is now a homicide.

The last time 65-year-old Joan Furlong was seen alive was Monday night where she worked. Police were asked to check on her welfare and they discovered she was dead inside her home in Affton.

One of Furlong’s neighbors, who did not want to be identified, said, “It’s scary when I came home this morning; there was a police car parked in front of my house.”

The victim’s home was still an active crime scene Friday morning. Her Jeep, which was reported missing Thursday, has since been recovered by police.

“That’s a big piece of evidence that we’re looking forward to dissecting. Evidence if anything happened inside the car; evidence of DNA—all that type of stuff—that our detectives go through,” said Sgt. Shawn McGuire, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department.

Neighbors said

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Suspicious death in Affton ruled a homicide

AFFTON, Mo. – St. Louis County police have ruled that a suspicious death on Thursday is now a homicide.

The last time 65-year-old Joan Furlong was seen alive was Monday night where she worked. Police were asked to check on her welfare and they discovered she was dead inside her home in Affton.

One of Furlong’s neighbors, who did not want to be identified, said, “It’s scary when I came home this morning; there was a police car parked in front of my house.”

The victim’s home was still an active crime scene Friday morning. Her Jeep, which was reported missing Thursday, has since been recovered by police.

“That’s a big piece of evidence that we’re looking forward to dissecting. Evidence if anything happened inside the car; evidence of DNA—all that type of stuff—that our detectives go through,” said Sgt. Shawn McGuire, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department.

Neighbors said

Read more at: http://fox2now.com/2017/09/22/suspicious-death-in-affton-ruled-a-homicide/

Father left with questions, heartbreak following suspicious death of … – WABC

“He was a good kid. He was so obedient, so full of life. I’m really going to miss him.”

Misa Lopez says he is just trying to cope following the death of his young son, Julius.

“Everybody keeps telling me things will get better, but honestly I don’t know how. I don’t know where to go from here. The only thing that was keeping me straight in my life is gone. I don’t know what to do,” said Lopez.

Homicide detectives are calling the toddler’s death suspicious, after he was found unresponsive Wednesday morning, in an apartment in Calwa, California.

Julius, who would have turned two years old next month, lived with his mother — Lopez’s estranged wife.

“I don’t know what happened. I’ve been trying to contact them and got nothing. I’m full of all these questions just like you guys are,” said Lopez.

Family members said the mother’s boyfriend, Gage Hurtado often stayed at

Read more at: http://abc7ny.com/dad-left-with-questions-heartbreak-after-suspicious-death-of-son/2443113/

Father left with questions, heartbreak following suspicious death of toddler son – WABC

“He was a good kid. He was so obedient, so full of life. I’m really going to miss him.”

Misa Lopez says he is just trying to cope following the death of his young son, Julius.

“Everybody keeps telling me things will get better, but honestly I don’t know how. I don’t know where to go from here. The only thing that was keeping me straight in my life is gone. I don’t know what to do,” said Lopez.

Homicide detectives are calling the toddler’s death suspicious, after he was found unresponsive Wednesday morning, in an apartment in Calwa, California.

Julius, who would have turned two years old next month, lived with his mother — Lopez’s estranged wife.

“I don’t know what happened. I’ve been trying to contact them and got nothing. I’m full of all these questions just like you guys are,” said Lopez.

Family members said the mother’s boyfriend, Gage Hurtado often stayed at

Read more at: http://abc7ny.com/dad-left-with-questions-heartbreak-after-suspicious-death-of-son/2443113/

Affton woman’s ‘suspicious’ death now ruled a homicide

An Affton woman’s death, deemed “suspicious” by police on Thursday, is now being handled as a homicide, St. Louis County police announced Friday morning.

The victim is identified as Joan Furlong, 65, of the 8400 block of Hampstead Drive.

Police haven’t disclosed how she died. 

Officers found her inside her home near Affton High School at about 4 p.m. Thursday. She had “apparent injuries to her upper body,” but police didn’t say what kind of injuries. 

Her car, a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, was gone. Police say they have since recovered the vehicle.

Police say Furlong was last seen alive Monday night at her job.

Anyone with information about her death is asked to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

Police investigate suspicious death | Local News | newspressnow.com – News

A 28-year-old man was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the death of his grandmother.

Robert Forrester, 28, was taken into custody and charged after police found his 77-year-old grandmother dead late Thursday night.

Police identified the victim as 77-year-old Beverly J. Forrester.

Detectives were on the scene Friday morning of what St. Joseph police initially called a suspicious death at the 300 block of Yale Street. It is now officially a homicide investigation.

Authorities responded to the South Side area Thursday at about 10:40 p.m. when neighbors reported a disturbance. Police arrived and discovered the body of a white female inside a residence.

There was no initial report on cause of death as the investigation is ongoing. The investigation appeared to center on 312 Yale St.

Officers on the scene at midnight were searching the area and receiving statements from neighbors. 

Court documents indicate Robert Forrester has a criminal history that includes arrests for unlawful use

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Police investigate suspicious death – News

Detectives are still on the scene Friday morning of what St. Joseph police are calling a suspicious death at the 300 block of Yale Street.

Authorities responded to the South Side area at about 10:40 p.m. when neighbors reported a disturbance. Police arrived and discovered the  body of a 77-year-old white female inside a residence.

There were no initial reports of arrests or cause of death as the investigation is ongoing. The investigation appeared to center on 312 Yale St.

Officers on the scene at midnight were searching the area and receiving statements from neighbors. 

Read more at: http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/police-investigate-suspicious-death/article_df792013-ef12-579d-afc2-7c6cd0aebfe9.html

Father is left with questions and heartbreak following the suspicious … – KFSN

“He was a good kid. He was so obedient, so full of life. I’m really going to miss him.”

Misa Lopez says he is just trying to cope following the death of his young son Julius.

“Everybody keeps telling me things will get better, but honestly I don’t know how. I don’t know where to go from here. The only thing that was keeping me straight in my life is gone. I don’t know what to do,” said Lopez.

Homicide detectives are calling the toddler’s death suspicious, after he was found unresponsive Wednesday morning, in an apartment on the 2500 block of South Ninth Street in Calwa.

Julius, who would have turned two years old next month, lived with his mother — Lopez’s estranged wife.

“I don’t know what happened. I’ve been trying to contact them and got nothing. I’m full of all these questions just like you guys are,” said Lopez.

Family members said the

Read more at: http://abc30.com/father-is-left-with-questions-and-heartbreak-following-the-suspicious-death-of-his-son-/2441216/

Father is left with questions and heartbreak following the suspicious death of his son – KFSN

“He was a good kid. He was so obedient, so full of life. I’m really going to miss him.”

Misa Lopez says he is just trying to cope following the death of his young son Julius.

“Everybody keeps telling me things will get better, but honestly I don’t know how. I don’t know where to go from here. The only thing that was keeping me straight in my life is gone. I don’t know what to do,” said Lopez.

Homicide detectives are calling the toddler’s death suspicious, after he was found unresponsive Wednesday morning, in an apartment on the 2500 block of South Ninth Street in Calwa.

Julius, who would have turned two years old next month, lived with his mother — Lopez’s estranged wife.

“I don’t know what happened. I’ve been trying to contact them and got nothing. I’m full of all these questions just like you guys are,” said Lopez.

Family members said the

Read more at: http://abc30.com/father-is-left-with-questions-and-heartbreak-following-the-suspicious-death-of-his-son-/2441216/

Police investigate ‘suspicious death’ in Affton | FOX2now.com

AFFTON, Mo. – Investigators with the St. Louis County Police Department are working to determine the circumstances behind a woman’s death in Affton Thursday afternoon.

According to Officer Benjamin Granda, police were called to a residence in the 8400 block of Hampstead Drive just after 4 p.m. for a welfare check. Officers found the individual they were looking for dead inside the home.

Investigators determined the woman’s death to be suspicious in nature, Granda said. As a result, police are looking for a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, white in color, with Missouri license plates of SB9D8S.

Anyone with information with on this case is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

Read more at: http://fox2now.com/2017/09/21/police-investigate-suspicious-death-in-affton/