In a mortuary, the first signs of decomposition are starting to be studied in detail by researchers. These early signs can provide valuable information in forensic investigations, helping determine the time of death and the cause of it. While much is already known about decomposition outdoors, little is known about what happens to a body after it is taken to a mortuary. Researchers at the University of Huddersfield are now conducting a study to examine this process in a controlled environment.
The study involves the use of pig carcasses, which have similar decomposition processes to human bodies. The carcasses are placed in a small fridge at a mortuary, and regular observations are made over several months. The researchers monitor various physical changes such as the color of the skin, presence of insects and bacteria, and the breakdown of muscles and organs.
The early findings of the study show that the decomposition process is slightly different in a mortuary compared to outdoors. The temperature and humidity levels in the mortuary fridge slow down decomposition, resulting in a delayed timeline for various stages of decay. However, certain signs such as discoloration and the presence of maggots still occur, providing important evidence for forensic investigations.
Understanding the early signs of decomposition in a mortuary can have significant implications in criminal investigations. It can help forensic experts determine whether a body has been tampered with or if the time of death has been manipulated. This research aims to contribute to the advancement of forensic science and ultimately improve the accuracy of these investigations.