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Three key elements of a homicide





Responsibilities of OC body

- Secure and guard the body

- record what actions have been taken in respect of the body

- establish if the body has been moved or disturbed

- ensure the body is photographed

- complete sudden death procedures

- obtain medical records

- ensure cultural responsibilities have been addressed


Steps to remove the body

Record position of the body by sketch and direct photographer to take photos

Consider marking and recording the position of the body

Record all details of the position of the body

Consider health risks presented

Cover hands feet and head with paper bags

ensure clothing is not contaminated

wrap the body in a plastic sheet and place it in a body bag

search where the body lay

retain materials used as exhibits

obtain approval to move the body

arrange Undertaker


Role of OC body at the post mortem

To observe, document and deal with exhibits associated with the body in a structured methodical manner


Who can attend a post mortem

The pathologist

the coroner

a Doctor who treated the deceased


any person authorised by the coroner

a doctor nurse or funeral director representing the deceased (if authorised)

Dr representing the interests of a suspect (if authorised)


Police who should attend the post mortem are

OC investigation

OC body

police photographer

SOCO or fingerprint officer

OC exhibits for post mortem


Other experts that may be consulted



medical illustrator


ballistics expert



crime scene Examiner

disaster victim identification


Formal identity responsibility

OC body is responsible for arranging formal identification and for obtaining a statement of formal identification


Stripping the body

Must be stripped in the presence of the pathologist

remove body from the fridge and take body into the examination room

remove the body from the body bag take possession of the body bag and any wrappings as exhibits

Direct police photographer to take additional photographs

remove items of clothing

make inventory of clothing and label each item

seal each item in a separate bag prevent cross-contamination

maintain security and continuity of body and exhibits


What to Direct the photographer to photograph

The body before it is stripped

the body after it is stripped

close ups of any wounds, marks, internal injuries and unusual features (must include a measuring scale)


Body exhibits responsibility

OC body is responsible for recording, labelling, packaging, sealing and securing all exhibits including samples taken during post mortem


Preparing 1S file must include

Statements of formal identification

copy of police form 47

Deceased person certificate

deceased person identification form


What samples can be taken from the body at the scene

Larvae and insects

fingerprint evidence

DNA swab

firearm residue samples

extraneous items such as loose hairs, fibres, glass, paint or other


What information can be obtained from skeletal remains

If the remains are bones

if the bones are human

age, gender, height and race


Action when the body is disturbed

Do not attempt to restore to original condition

Make enquiries to reconstruct the original scene


4 Ways to identify a body



Medical records

Personal effects