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How Rigor Mortis Can Help Indicate Time of Death

By Jennifer Bucholtz

After death, chemical changes in muscle fibers cause the body to stiffen in place. This is called rigor mortis. Find out how factors like temperature and time affect the process and how investigators can use it to help uncover the circumstances around a death.

Livor Mortis Provides Crucial Evidence for Investigators

By Jennifer Bucholtz

During a death investigation, it's important for officers to understand the different phases of livor mortis and how the body changes color following death. This forensic evidence can help determine an approximate time of death, whether the body was moved or not, and possibly a cause of death.