Human remains are treated as a separate and unique type of forensic evidence. An autopsy of the remains is completed to determine the cause and manner of any death that is violent, unusual or untimely. A forensic pathologist will examine the human remains (post-mortem examination) and consider death scene findings.
- Forensic Science Research and Development Technology Working Group: Operational Requirements
- Comprehensive Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices Points to Solutions for a System Under Stress
- The Value of Nonhuman Animal Models in Forensic Decomposition Research
The Federal Interagency Medicolegal Death Investigation Working Group is coordinating national programs and strategies to support medical examiners, coroners and medicolegal death investigators.
The working group is a collaboration between the Office of Justice Programs and the Department of Health and Human Services