Homicide Scene Investigation | Print |

For a death in which there is clear evidence of homicide, a Medical Examiner Investigator will respond to the scene in most cases. It is extremely important in homicide cases that the body of the deceased, including the immediate surrounding, not be moved or disturbed in any way inconsistent with police crime scene investigative techniques. Any such movement or disruption will be reported to the Medical Examiner. After photographs are taken and the scene investigation is completed, the Medical Examiner will take possession of the deceased along with the clothing and other apparel worn on or attached to the body, and other potential evidence integral to the body. The homicide detectives will take possession of all other evidence relating to the death including the weapon (if not in the body), and will secure the scene.

In all homicide scenes, an attempt should be made to keep the number of people going to the scene to a minimum unless needed for organized searching or scene processing. This prevents confusion, hastens the investigation, and prevents unnecessary disturbance and loss of important evidence. The collection of evidence such as fingernail scrapings, collection of bodily hair and fingerprints from the deceased are usually postponed until the body is at the morgue for autopsy.