This site was created in order to assist in the education of crime
scene technicians, homicide investigators, coroners, medical examiners, and others
involved in the death investigation process. A basic knowledge of
the general appearance of insect of forensic
importance, and a basic understanding of the
proper methods for their collection, will allow
investigators to make accurate and representative collections from the death scene.
Enhanced knowledge on the behalf of law enforcement officials will provide for
better communication between police, medical
examiners, coroners, and forensic entomologists. Hopefully,
improved communication will promote more frequent use of entomological resources, and more
accurate collection of entomological evidence. This will allow forensic
entomologists to be more precise in their statements and determinations, particularly in
the area of postmortem interval estimations. Those involved in crime scene analysis
and the death investigation process are encouraged to use this site as a reference
resource to enhance their investigation efforts. It is impossible to determine when
insect evidence may prove useful in a death investigation. Therefore, all law
enforcement agencies should assemble a "Entomological Evidence Collection Kit"
so that they are prepared in the event entomological evidence is encountered during any
crime scene investigation.
If you would like to contact a Board Certified
Forensic Entomologist (Click Here).