Monday, May 22, 2017

ABC7 News Sarasota Alan Cohn Show Tonight with PI Bill Warner Discussion on "Body Farms" how bodies decompose in the wild.

ABC7 News Sarasota Alan Cohn Show at 7:00pm with PI Bill Warner Discussion on "Body Farms" how bodies decompose in the wild. Monday May 22nd 2017 I will be on the Alan Cohn show at 7:00pm on ABC7 News Sarasota discussing the recent opening of the first "body farm" in Florida.
Alan Cohn and reporter Kate Flexter discuss with Sarasota private investigator Bill Warner Florida's first "Body Farm" tonight at 7:00 pm on ABC 7 news.
MAY 12 2017..Body farm for researchers and detectives opens near Tampa. A "body farm" where researchers can study how corpses decompose will open next week in the Tampa Bay area with the burial of four donated bodies. Officials broke ground Friday on the Adam Kennedy Forensics Field, a five-acre patch of land north of Tampa. The facility is located near the Pasco County jail in Land O' Lakes Fl. It's the seventh such facility in the nation and the first in Florida's subtropical environment. The oldest and most famous body farm in the U.S. is at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Officials in Florida hope their farm, to be used at first by detectives and forensic anthropologists at the nearby University of South Florida, will draw scientists from other countries and grow to be the largest in the world.
"Our forensic crime scene investigators will get premium training as a result of this," said former Pasco County Sheriff Bob White. "This will enhance our training tenfold." Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist at USF, predicts that by studying how bodies react in Florida's sweltering humidity, more evidence will be preserved and breakthroughs made in real-life-cases. The research also would benefit other countries with subtropical and tropical climates, she said. Bodies are obtained by donation. The first four will be buried next week, and in January, Kimmerle and other researchers will hold a course for detectives on exhumation. Later, other bodies will be exposed to water and buried during different seasons to determine how different factors affect decomposition and evidence. After the bodies are studied, the skeletons will be cleaned and preserved and made available for future research. Read more here.

VICE NEWS: Dr. Daniel Wescott, director of the Texas State Forensic Anthropology Center, about how bodies decompose in the wild. One of the dozens of donor bodies exposed to the elements here in the forests and fields of Texas State University's 26-acre decomposition research facility. Most of the local kids who tell ghost stories about the place just call it "the body farm." "When someone dies," the scientist explained, "the first thing that happens is autolysis. The body's cells build up with toxins; then they burst. The fluids cause skin slippage. It looks like a really bad sunburn on the top surface. The fluid itself provides a rich carbon source for bacteria.

The body is full of bacteria, the gut especially, and that bacteria just starts feeding. "Of course, when you have bacteria, you get gas, which causes bloating. The face, then the abdomen, and then the arms and legs will start to bloat, Dr. Daniel Wescott said. Flies are attracted, and they lay eggs. When they hatch, the larvae feed on the body. As the bloat ends, you'll start to get a purging of the fluid, so you'll get a black stain on the body. As the fluid starts to purge out, everything will start to collapse back in. The top tissue has been eaten away by animals and insects, so you'll eventually get a skeleton." The scientist waved me over to a pile of skeletal remains. The body had been placed there for vultures to eat. "Notice the feathers?" Wescott asked. "When the vultures are done, the bodies are completely articulated. This, right here, is all skin. The vultures don't eat skin. They just poke a hole through it and pull everything out." Read more here.

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