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Title: An investigation on body displacement after two drowning accidents
Author: Mateus, Marcos
de Pablo, Hilda
Vaz, Nuno
Keywords: Accumulated degree days
Drifting bodies
Forensic oceanography
Post-mortem submersion interval
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: The finding of human remains in aquatic environments is usually attributed to causes such as workrelated or recreational accidents, suicides, discarded homicide victims, and natural disasters. When the point and date of entry in the water is unknown, these findings pose serious challenges to forensic analysis given the difficulty to estimate the drift of the body. In this context, the information retrieved from cases where the point of entry and body recovery sites are known, as well as the timing, is significant. Two drowning accidents in marine coastal waters were analyzed. In both cases the postmortem submersion interval (PMSI) is known, as well as the accident (point of entry) and body recovery sites. Accumulated degree days (ADD) was estimated in both cases using satellite sea surface temperature data. In both cases the bodies were recovered in the vicinity of the accident site (~2 km in case 1 and less than 1 km in case 2). Results were interpreted in terms of oceanographic conditions, physical settings and ADD. The results provide some relevant clues on the fate of human cadavers in coastal marine environments that can be used by officials and agencies involved in the recovery of bodies, as well as by forensic investigators when dealing with these findings.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2013.03.010
ISSN: 0379-0738
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