Find out how these cases were solved using medical evidence.
By Toni Gasparis
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Advancements in technology, along with new developments in forensic pathology, have grown tremendously in recent decades. Solving crimes using medical evidence provided by dead bodies can now help crack previously unsolvable cases. We’ve rounded up five compelling crime investigations that were solved using medical knowledge and clues of the body.
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A woman disappeared and was later found dead and frozen in the trunk of her abandoned car. The investigation pointed police to her husband as the prime suspect. The husband told police that she came home, ate dinner with him, and then left to go to work again before she disappeared. Potatoes proved key in breaking his alibi. A forensic doctor’s examination of the woman’s body revealed large chunks of undigested potatoes in her system. When potatoes enter the stomach, they break down quickly. This knowledge of the digestion process allowed the doctor to determine she died within minutes of eating the potatoes — during dinner when only her husband was home.