Forensic Entomologists Hunt Down Insects to Help Catch Criminals

16:44 minutes

Following the trail of insects can lead forensic entomologists to clues about a crime scene. Anne Perez, a forensic entomologist at Saint Joseph’s College, discusses how blowflies and beetles that have collected on a corpse can inform investigators about trauma, time of death, and if a body might have been moved.

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Anne Perez

Anne Perez is a forensic entomologist and a professor of biology and forensic entomology at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.