How Bacteria Can Tell Time of Death for Bodies Underwater
Imagine conducting a criminal investigation on a reported body floating in the river. Who knows how long it has been a "floater"? An inspection of the body will not tell you how long it has been in the water. It will take weeks, if not months, to get an ID on the body. Worse, the killer has likely skipped the country and is taking a permanent vacation on a tropical island drinking cocktails.
Meanwhile, a family mourns the death of their loved one and can't bury the person in a timely fashion due to an ongoing investigation. If you watch shows like CSI, you'd think that this is a quick investigation with a convinient and fast ending. The coroner is always there within minutes, stabs the body with a thermometer, and exclaims the time of death. Not so fast. This is nowhere near the truth as you can see here!
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