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Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Year : 2004, Volume : 5, Issue : 1
First page : ( 22) Last page : ( 25)
Online ISSN : 0972-8074. Published online : 2004 January 1.

A forensic entomology case from the Southeastern Iberian Peninsula

Arnaldos M.I.1, Sánchez F.2, Álvarez P.2, García M.D.1

(1) Área de Zoología, Facultad de Biología, Universidad de Murcia, 30100 Murcia, España

(2) Centro de Medicina Legal y Forense, Luis Fontes Pagán 2b, 30003 Murcia, España

Corresponding author: M.D. García. Phone: +34 968 364207; fax: +34 968 363963 E-mail: mdgarcia@um.es

Received:  11  August,  2003; Accepted:  12  October,  2003.

Copyright : © 2004,The Authors, The Guest Editor & Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. All rights reserved.

Abstract

We present a forensic case in which the time of year when death occurred was established from the entomological evidence after medical examination had been unable to offer any precise information regarding the same, proffering, instead, a time that ran from three months to one year or more. The entomological evidence consisted mainly of Coleoptera, although remains of Diptera were also collected. The minimum postmortem interval (PMI) was established by relating the entomological evidence with the available data concerning the sarcosaprophagous fauna in the geographical area and with our knowledge concerning the development of the principal Coleoptera.

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