Category Archives: Forensic pathology

Coronial autopsies, Disaster victim identification, Mortuary practice, forensic histology, forensic odontology, forensic skeletal examination, forensic anthropology, ethics, Legislation (i.e. Coroners Act), evidence provided at courts/in trials (expert evidence) by pathologists, Deaths in custody.
Focus on Queensland content unless wide reaching consequences (i.e. Evidence challenged in court, changes in equipment/methodology, malpractice)

Body found at Toowoomba pub

Brisbane Times Natalie Bochenski October 24, 2014

The body of a man has been found at a pub on the outskirts of Toowoomba.
Police were called to the Drayton Tavern, southwest of the city, at 7.20 Friday morning after the body was discovered by a cleaner.
A crime scene has been established.

Sudden death investigation, Varsity Lakes

Qld Police Media October 23, 2014

Police are investigating the death of a man at a unit in Varsity Lakes this morning.
Around 11am, police were called to the Mulgrave Crescent address where a man was found deceased.
Forensic officers and police are conducting investigations at the scene.
The death is being treated as suspicious.
Read at source: http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2014/10/23/sudden-death-investigation-varsity-lakes/

Gold Coast Bulletin report: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/police-to-investigate-sex-angle-in-death-of-naked-and-bound-man-at-varsity-lakes/story-fnje8bkv-1227100424358?from=gold+coast+bulletin_rss

Autopsy on Varsity Lakes man to be conducted on Friday: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/autopsy-on-varsity-lakes-man-to-be-conducted-on-friday-20141024-11axzj.html

Charges: Dangerous operation of a vehicle, Cooroy

Qld Police Media October 23, 2014

Police have charged a 44-year-old Pomona woman in relation to a fatal traffic crash that occurred in Cooroy on September 4.

Read more: http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2014/10/23/charges-dangerous-operation-vehicle-cooroy/

 

Bones find could be linked to missing Rockhampton pair

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva October 23, 2014

Police investigating the suspected murder of two Central Queensland housemates have found human remains at a Rockhampton farm.
Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said a farmer made the discovery about 5pm on Wednesday at his Bowlin Road property at Port Curtis, on the city’s outskirts.
Inspector Shadlow said “just bones” were located, and forensic investigators were now trying to work out the gender and identity of the deceased.

Y chromosome linked to cancer and death risk in men

BBC News 22 October 2014

The male Y chromosome may have a role in prolonging men’s lives and fighting cancer, scientists have said.

Research into 1,153 elderly men at the University of Sweden found those who had lost part of their Y chromosome died on average 5.5 years earlier than those who had not.

Women live on average 7.5 years longer than men in Europe and the reasons behind this are not fully known.

Cancer Research said the study was “intriguing”.

Scientists assessed how many blood cells had age-related loss of the Y chromosome (LOY) through blood tests in the men, aged between 70 and 84.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29703455

Myth Busted: Ancient Humans May Not Have Been Redheads

Live Science Tanya Lewis 22 October 2014

Ancient humans found with red hair weren’t necessarily redheads in life, but may have acquired their carrot tops after death, a new study finds.

The findings are not only important for archaeology, but also for conservation efforts and forensic investigations, according to the study published Oct. 21 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

http://www.livescience.com/48384-ancient-redhead-myth.html

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Man charged over Gerhard Wagner cold case disappearance

Brisbane Times  October 22, 2014 Kristian Silva

Police believed they have cracked a 15-year cold case mystery, charging a man with the murder of Brisbane man Gerhard Wagner

Robert James Wagner, 53, was charged by detectives from Queensland Police’s homicide squad on Wednesday morning.