Determination of post mortem interval

A forensic death investigation must answer three questions: When did the person die? What was the cause of death? What was the manner of death (disease, accident, suicide or homicide)?

Of these three questions, it is the first that generally is the most difficult. It is particularly difficult when the body remained undetected for a long time after death. The project aims to develop a new model for estimating the interval between death and the discovery by combining the established models to assess the degree of decomposition with entomology (insect research) models. In order to be able to test the influence of various possible conditions (conditional answers) analysis with Bayesian networks is applied. The project is done in collaboration with Anders Lindström, at the SVA.