Determine What Information Has Already Been Developed

Prior to the investigator's arrival, law enforcement officers, paramedics, and other support personnel have most likely already communicated with individuals or witnesses at the scene. An investigator needs to know this initial information so that he can compare initial data with the decedent's body data and determine if there are any discrepancies. It is better to ask the question twice and get the same answer, than to accept as fact information that has been checked by one source. The investigator needs to determine, for instance, why the body information (rigor, livor, temperature, clothing, injuries, etc.) differs from the witness information.

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