Photographs of Decedent at Death Scene

Usually, an agent from law enforcement will photograph the scene. This should be done prior to disturbing the scene or the deceased. A death investigator may also take photographs (Polaroid's are acceptable) for the forensic pathologist performing the autopsy. Information such as the location of the body and any unique circumstances at the death scene may help the pathologist. It is important to keep in mind the legal implications of the photographs. Will the photographs be able to be subpoenaed? Are they considered a part of the official medical examiner's enquiry? If a death investigator suspects a violent or suspicious death, law enforcement should be requested to take photographs.

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