Death Investigation: A different side of homicide - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Death Investigation: A different side of homicide

Mock death investigation (Source: WOIO) Mock death investigation (Source: WOIO)
Participants in death investigation workshop learn to solve homicides (Source: WOIO) Participants in death investigation workshop learn to solve homicides (Source: WOIO)
Medicolegal Death Scene Investigation course presented by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office (Source: WOIO) Medicolegal Death Scene Investigation course presented by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office (Source: WOIO)
Field investigators are the eyes and ears of the ME's office (Source: WOIO) Field investigators are the eyes and ears of the ME's office (Source: WOIO)
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office (Source: WOIO) Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

More than 100 homicides in Cleveland this year are keeping detectives busy, and they're not alone.

Other investigators are working alongside them at the crime scenes, some you may have never heard of.

They're investigators with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

Their job is to find out how and why each victim died. Sometimes a homicide isn't as obvious as you might think.

We're taking you behind the police tape for an inside look at the death investigation unit.

Cleveland 19 was the first media outlet to participate in the Medicolegal Death Scene Investigation course presented by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

The three day training session included classroom lectures and hands on learning activities to better understand how death investigators do their jobs.

Police officers were the main participants, but coroners, forensic nurses and medical students from the area also participated.

Investigators in the field are the eyes and ears of the medical examiner's office led by Dr. Thomas Gilson. 12 of them work around the clock in the death investigation unit, along with five morgue technicians.

"It's detective work, and it's very satisfying in that we give answers a lot of the time," Dr.Gilson said.

In part one of our special report, Sara Goldenberg will take you inside a mock death scene when participants had the chance to step into the shoes of an investigator.

That's tonight on Cleveland 19 News at 11 p.m.

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