Estimating Time of Death. So…. Suspects can be eliminated and focus can be put on others What can be used? Witness statements Body temperature Rigor mortis Lividity Stomach contents Bugs on the body. Defining Time of Death. Estimated – best guess as determined by medical examiner
Body on back – lividity along back and buttocks
Also, varies between people
YES! …it’s very complicated
Using a combination of these methods will help to best determine the most accurate time of death.