However, the investigation at the scene and an inquiry into the background of the deceased may indicate the presence of life threatening behavior or activities that suggest suicidal intent.
There may very well be miscommunications, which result in serious errors that affect the outcome of the case due to the various responsibilities uniform officers, detectives, medical examiners to forensic experts, prosecutors as well as others in the process.
On the contrary, these cases may very well be homicides, which have been staged to appear to be suicide, accidents or natural causes.
In equivocal death investigations there is the potential for major errors.
When the detectives arrived they examined the room and the body of the victim and observed an ante-mortem injury to her face and noticed a Reebok sneaker print on the edge of the tub and the toilet seat.
Detectives learned that a 19-year old Ecuadorian construction laborer who had been working in the adjoining apartment had gotten into a verbal dispute with the victim over the noise that he was making and angry words had been exchanged earlier that same day.