March 4, 2013 by msashtonwriter
The detective in my book is trying to solve the murder of a male found shot and dumped in the lake. Do all detectives attend the autopsies of their victims or is it done on special circumstances only?
Yes. The case detective has to appear usually by 9AM the next morning on every dead body case to be present at the autopsy.
They’re in the room as it happens and will observe, ask questions and answer questions that the ME or Coroner may have.
It is important that they bring investigative reports, crime scene photos and collect any evidence that the ME finds. I.E. ballistics.
There will be another post on this topic over at Cold Case Squad. I’ll post the link here when it’s finished.
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