Identification of a red 'fiber': Chironomid larvae

D. A. Hawley, N. H. Haskell, D. G. McShaffrey, R. E. Williams, J. E. Pless

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Abstract

During preliminary examination of the body of a homicide victim, a peculiar red 'fiber' was noticed and recovered. Initially believing this to be a carpet fiber, the item was subjected to fiber analysis. It was found to be a short coiled particle not like any known natural or synthetic fabric fiber. Subsequent examinations determined this 'fiber' to be the larva of a common freshwater midge (Diptera; Chironomidae). Chironomid larvae have been observed on other bodies recovered from freshwater environments. Entomological studies of this organism have led to the conclusion that the presence of chironomid larvae indicates submersion of the body.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-621
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume34
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Larva
Fresh Water
Chironomidae
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Homicide
Immersion
Diptera
homicide

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Hawley, D. A., Haskell, N. H., McShaffrey, D. G., Williams, R. E., & Pless, J. E. (1989). Identification of a red 'fiber': Chironomid larvae. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 34(3), 617-621.

Identification of a red 'fiber' : Chironomid larvae. / Hawley, D. A.; Haskell, N. H.; McShaffrey, D. G.; Williams, R. E.; Pless, J. E.

In: Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 3, 1989, p. 617-621.

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Hawley, DA, Haskell, NH, McShaffrey, DG, Williams, RE & Pless, JE 1989, 'Identification of a red 'fiber': Chironomid larvae', Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 617-621.
Hawley DA, Haskell NH, McShaffrey DG, Williams RE, Pless JE. Identification of a red 'fiber': Chironomid larvae. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1989;34(3):617-621.
Hawley, D. A. ; Haskell, N. H. ; McShaffrey, D. G. ; Williams, R. E. ; Pless, J. E. / Identification of a red 'fiber' : Chironomid larvae. In: Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1989 ; Vol. 34, No. 3. pp. 617-621.
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