Latest Forensics News

Higher caseloads and staffing shortages plague Honolulu medical examiner’s office

Jun. 24, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

The number of autopsies handled by the Honolulu Department of the Medical Examiner has more than doubled since 2008. That combined with a staffing shortage has meant individual forensic pathologists have had to take on higher-than-average caseloads, and autopsy reports are taking months. ...

Spiraling criminal violence causes morgue to overflow, foul odors to spread in Ecuadorian city

Jun. 13, 2024 22:42 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Spiraling criminal violence in one of Ecuador’s most dangerous cities caused a buildup of unidentified and unclaimed bodies that exceeded the capacity of Guayaquil's main morgue, officials confirmed Thursday. The government of Guayas, the province of which...

Man charged in Gilgo Beach serial killings kept 'blueprint' of crimes on computer, prosecutors say

Jun. 06, 2024 16:48 PM EDT

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — The New York architect accused of murdering multiple women and leaving their corpses scattered along the Long Island coast kept a “blueprint” of his crimes on his computer, prosecutors revealed Thursday as they brought charges against Rex Heuermann in two more killings....

Bodies recovered likely those of 2 Australians, 1 American who went missing, Mexican prosecutors say

May. 04, 2024 19:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three bodies recovered in an area of Mexico's Baja California state are likely to be those of the two Australians and an American who went missing last weekend during a camping and surfing trip, the state prosecutor’s office said Saturday. While there has not...

Correction: Trump-Hush Money-The Latest story

May. 03, 2024 10:04 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story published May 2, 2024, about Donald Trump’s hush money trial, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a forensic analyst who testified. He is Douglas Daus, not Douglas Daul.

A medical report on soccer legend Maradona's death aims to undercut homicide case against medics

Apr. 29, 2024 22:26 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A medical examiner's report into the death of Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona injected uncertainty Monday into the criminal negligence case brought against eight medical workers involved in his case a month before they are set to stand trial for homicide. ...

Body found in Iowa farm field confirmed as that of trucker who went missing in November

Apr. 25, 2024 19:13 PM EDT

A body found in a northwest Iowa field has been identified as that of a missing truck driver, discovered not far from where his abandoned rig was found on an isolated highway just before Thanksgiving. But details of his death remain a mystery. The Iowa Department of...

Police called in to North Dakota state forensic examiner's office before her firing

Apr. 19, 2024 16:13 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's state forensic examiner was fired earlier this month in an episode during which police were called to her office. Officers from the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Bismarck police responded to Dr. Barrie Miller's office in Bismarck on April 10,...

Fishermen spot boat with 20 corpses floating off the coast of northeastern Brazil, reports say

Apr. 13, 2024 18:43 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A small boat full of decomposing corpses was spotted by fishermen off Brazil’s northeastern coast on Saturday, according to local news reports. Brazil’s Attorney General’s office said in a statement that it has dispatched a forensics team to the area...

DNA evidence identifies body found in Missouri in 1978 as missing Iowa girl

Apr. 03, 2024 10:42 AM EDT

TROY, Mo. (AP) — Forty-six years after a Missouri hunter found a body in the Mississippi River, the victim has been identified as a 15-year-old girl from Iowa. Authorities in Lincoln County, Missouri, announced Tuesday that DNA evidence and other scientific investigation were key...