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Case Report – The forgotten man

Magni, P.A., Testi, R., Torretta, D. and Isaia, M. (2007) Case Report – The forgotten man. In: 5th Meeting European Association for Forensic Entomology (EAFE), 2 - 5 May 2007, Brussels, Belgium.


In the middle of October 2006 the City Police of Turin reached the address of an old man in order to notify some warnings. Forcing the door they found only the rests of an almost completely skeletonized body. The apartment was located in a central zone of the city; it appeared in very bad hygienic conditions and one of the windows was barely opened. The most recent documents were dating back to July 2005. The autoptic examination concluded for a “not determinable cause of death” because of the advanced skeletization; however the lack of bone lesions and the circumstancial data would have excluded a violent death. During the inspection it was observed insects colonization extended all over the body. Pupae, parasited pupae, pupariums, coleopters exuviae were recovered on the floor and on the bed where the corpse was laying. Insects and other arthropods, referable to various successional waves of colonization, was recovered. The case turns out to be of forensic entomology interest for the possibility of studying spiecies of different successional waves collected from a skeletonized body placed in a urban area.

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