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# Calculating Time of Death Using Algor Mortis

39oC (0. .4oF) per hour  After 12 hours – body loses 0.  First 12 hours – body loses 0. Describes the temperature loss in a corpse. forensic investigators insert a thermometer into the liver.  How fast a corpse loses heat can allow investigators to determine roughly how long ago death occurred by its temperature.78oC (1.7oF) per hour  To take a corpse’s temperature.

78oC per hour  After 12 hours  body loses 0.39oC per hour . Normal Body Temp  37oC  First 12 hours  body loses 0.

If total temp loss is > 9. .36oC follow directions for Less Than 12 Hours of Death 3.1.36oC follow directions for More Than 12 Hours of Death 2. Normal body temp – body temp = total temp loss If total temp loss is < 9.  Determine the total temperature loss.

  Determine the total temperature loss. (normal body temp) – (body temp) = total temp loss  # hrs dead = (total temp loss) (rate of loss) .

  Determine the total temperature loss. Total temp loss = (normal body temp) – (body temp)  Temp lost after 12 hrs = (total temp loss) – (temp loss at 12 hrs)  Hrs dead after 12 hrs = (temp loss after 12 hrs) (rate loss)  Total hrs dead = (12 hrs) + (hrs dead after 12 hrs) .

 total temp loss = (normal temp) – (body temp)  (37oC) – (33.1  0.78oC)  #hrs dead = 4.8oC) = 3.1 hr 60 min = 6 min  #hrs dead = 4 hrs 6 min .2oC (less than 12 hours)  #hrs dead = (total temp loss)  #hrs dead = (3.2oC) (rate of loss) (0.

7oC) = 14.3oC (more than 12 hours)  temp lost after 12 hrs = (total temp loss) – (temp loss at 12 hrs)  (14.94oC  hrs dead after 12 hrs = (temp loss after 12 hrs)  Hrs dead after 12 hrs = (4.94oC)  Hrs dead after 12 hrs = 12.67 hrs  total hrs dead = (12 hrs) + (hrs dead after 12 hrs)  Total hrs dead = 24.39oC) .36oC lost first 12 hrs) = 4. total temp loss = (normal temp) – (body temp)  (37oC) – (22.67 hrs = 24 hrs 40 min (rate loss) (0.3oC) – (9.