Orensic Pathology Case Study: The Motel Room”

Read the below case study and answer the three questions that follow:

You respond to a local motel, to investigate the death of a female. The body is lying on top of the bed, with the bedspread and sheets in disarray. The nude body is that of a white female, appearing to be in her late teens to early twenties. Postmortem lividity is present on the dorsum of body, and is not fixed. Slight rigidity of the jaw is noted, and the body is cool to the touch. There is no obvious evidence of external trauma.

a) What are the possible scenarios that might account for this presentation?

b) How would you conduct the medicolegal investigation of this death?

c) For what specific findings would you search during your investigation?