1. Introduction
    1. Crime scene investigation basics: securing the scene
    2. Procedure to preserve evidence (what is done with the body?)
    3. What does an investigator do when a body is found at the scene?
    4. Are there any restrictions? (Can or should the investigator move the body? Who to determine cause and/or time of death?)
  2. Medical Examiner vs. Coroner
    1. Medical Examiner
      1. What does an ME do at the scene of a crime?
      2. What are some of the Tools used by Medical Examiner
      3. What is the role of an ME?
    2. Coroner
      1. What does a Coroner do at the scene of a crime?
      2. Tools of a coroner
      3. Can Coroners and ME’s work side by side?
  3. Conditions of the body/define the 3 ways to determine time of death
    1. Livor Mortis
      1. Symptoms
      2. When and how does this occur?
    2. Rigor Mortis
      1. Symptoms
      2. When and how does this occur?
    3. Algor Mortis
      1. Symptoms
      2. When and how does this occur?
      3. What are the major differences between the three? Can one occur without the other?
  4. Conclusion
    1. Should every jurisdiction have an ME and Coroner? Why/Why not?
    2. What purpose would it serve to have both?
    3. What is needed for a complete crime scene investigation team?





Final Assignment

There is a difference between a crime scene investigator and a coroner’s investigator. There is also a difference between a coroner and a medical examiner. There are 3 ways to determine the time of death:

  • Livor mortis
  • Rigor mortis
  • Algor mortis

Assignment Guidelines

  • First, revise your Unit 4 Outline according to instructor feedback and peer review.
  • Next, using the outline as a base, address the following questions, and add your responses to your Assignment final draft:
    • What restrictions apply to a crime scene investigator with regard to a body within the crime scene? Explain.
    • What is the role of a coroner’s investigator? Explain.
    • What is a coroner? Explain.
    • What is a medical examiner? Explain.
    • What is the difference between livor mortis, rigor mortis, and algor mortis?
    • Do you believe that every jurisdiction should have a coroner or a medical examiner? Why or why not?
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.