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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

On-line version ISSN 1988-611XPrint version ISSN 1135-7606


GARCIA-ROJO, A.M.; HONORATO, L.; GONZALEZ, M.  and  TELLEZ, A.. Assessment of post-mortem interval through the study of the insect succession in two corpses found indoors in a country house in Madrid. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2009, n.56, pp.137-145. ISSN 1988-611X.

In this paper, it is reported a case which was studied in the Forensic Entomology Laboratory belonging to the Anthropology Section from the General Department of the Scientific Police (Spanish National Police). We analysed entomological evidences collected during death scene investigation performed in Fuenlabrada, south of Madrid administrative region (Spain, Paleartic Region). Both corpses, in advanced decomposition stage, were found indoors in a country house in winter 2001. Samples collected consisted of Diptera identified as Calliphoridae, Muscidae and Phoridae Families; Coleoptera corresponding to Cleridae, Dermestidae and Histeridae ones. Furthermore, spiders which allowed us to confirm the compatibility with the place where carcasses were found. The study of the insect succession allowed the estimation of post-mortem interval in one year.

Keywords : Forensic Entomology; insect succession; Postmortem interval; Madrid; Spain.

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