Forensic pathology
Forensic autopsy report
Preliminary investigation

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Revised: 26 August 2019

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Definition / general
Cite this page: Tops TL. Preliminary investigation. website. Accessed February 18th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Circumstances of death need to be reported by the Forensic pathologist (FP) based on information provided by law enforcement personnel who are familiar with the death scene
  • Depending on the case, the FP can obtain crucial information at the death scene or by a phone call to law enforcement investigators
  • Asking specific questions related to the case will help provide clues to Cause / Manner of Death (COD / MOD)
  • Specific questions related to the decedent's past (medical history, recent surgeries, state of mental health, drug / alcohol abuse, etc.) may reduce the need to perform a complete autopsy when only toxicology analysis is required to determine COD / MOD
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