Identification of a Red “Fiber”: Chironomid Larvae

    Volume 34, Issue 3 (May 1989)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 5


    Hawley, DA
    Assistant professor and professor and director, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    McShaffrey, DG
    Graduate research assistant, graduate research assistant, and professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Pless, JE
    Assistant professor and professor and director, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

    Haskell, NH
    Graduate research assistant, graduate research assistant, and professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Williams, RE
    Graduate research assistant, graduate research assistant, and professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    (Received 27 May 1988; accepted 29 July 1988)

    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.


    Paper ID: JFS12681J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12681J

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