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Forensic autopsy report

Preliminary investigation

Reviewer: Terrill L. Tops, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 3 February 2013, last major update January 2013
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● 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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