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Estimating time-of-death with a community model of maggot growth and development.
Slone, Daniel*,1, Gruner, Susan2, Allen, Jon3, 1 USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Pineville, LA2 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL3 University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
ABSTRACT- A model of maggot growth and develoment is presented that estimates the post-mortem interval (PMI) for criminal homicides or other suspicious deaths. Building on a previous, simpler model, we have expanded it to include communities of several maggot species. Validation and error rates of the model are presented via comparison to field trials of pig carcasses where the PMI for each sample was precisely known.
Key words: distributed delay, forensic entomology, population model