Research Progress on Determination of Drowning Site
ZHAO Jian1,2, XU Lun-wu3, KANG Xiao-dong2, SHI He2, LIU Chao1,2, HU Sun-lin2, YANG Xing-yi2, XU Qu-yi2, CHENG Jian-ding1, AI Mei4
1. Department of Forensic Medicine, Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510080, China; 2. Key Laboratory of Forensic Pathology, Ministry of Public Security, PRC, Guangzhou Forensic Science Institute, Guangzhou 510030, China; 3. Yanping Branch of Nanping Public Security Bureau, Nanping 353000, China; 4. Forensic Science Centre of WASTON, Guangzhou 510610, China
The bodies found in water are one of the most common types in forensic practice. The discovery site of the body is often not the drowning site. However, the determination of drowning site is vital for the identification of victim. Inorganic particles and planktons, such as granular impurities, diatoms and bacteria, are valuable markers for the diagnosis of drowning. By comparing the granular impurities and planktons in tissues and suspicious drowning mediums, the drowning site can be concluded based on their similarity of types and distribution, which has practical applied value. In this paper, the research progress on determination of drowning site is summarized to provide reference for the peers.