This case study will present a set of factors in a juvenile female's life that created "the perfect storm," leading her to take her own life. Risk factors for juvenile suicide will be identified, combined with a detailed study of wound characteristics, and an explanation of how to read an autopsy report. The level of alcohol present in the body at the time of death played an important role in determining enhanced risk factors for a juvenile. The interplay of two separate prescription medications being taken by the victim will be discussed, as well as proper interview techniques for parents who are most likely suffering from shock. Other topics will include the "lethality" of wounds and "survival time" when investigating a suicide.
Upon completion, participants will be able to list the initial steps in a missing child investigation.
Upon completion, participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of "lethality" and "survival time" in suicide investigations.
Upon completion, participants will identify the key concepts in navigating the difficult task of gathering factual information from a grieving parent.
Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize the unique combination of risk factors that lead to the development of the emotional "perfect storm" for the victim of this case study.