Preplan the Death Investigation

When initially notified of a death, the death investigator should determine as much information as possible from the caller. Approximate age and sex will enable a subject to be placed in the appropriate "medical category." Determining where the decedent has been found will be helpful in investigational planning. An attempt should be made to ascertain if there is any evidence of foul play or if any implements are available that might have played a role in the subject's death. By gathering these pieces of death scene data, the death investigator will be able to anticipate additional information that may be needed upon arrival at a scene.

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