Learning About Aquatic Death Investigation

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently published an In-Brief document that summarizes the key points taken from an October 2017 class, Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation.


Drowning is one of the leading causes of “accidental death” in the United States, but it is possible that many of these deaths are, in fact, incidents of foul play. It is important that law enforcement personnel learn how to properly investigate an underwater scene and preserve the evidence.

The course, hosted by the Longmont Department of Public Safety and Team Lifeguard Systems on October 4-6, 2017, detailed the procedures and tactics for dealing with aquatic death and drowning investigations. The FTCoE funded two practitioners to attend this training to better understand the proper procedures to use during an aquatic death investigation.

Read the in-brief to learn more about this event.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.