Seth Augenstein is a writer for Forensics Magazine. He recently wrote this article (in which I’m quoted) about the number of deaths in seedy motels, like the ones that line Aurora Avenue North in Seattle.
I have responded to many deaths in those motels, including the homicide/suicide scene depicted in the photo (left), officer-involved shootings, and other murders, including the murder of a baby.
For all the deaths that are murders, scores more are overdoses, suicides and other deaths.
In those cases where there is no suspicion of murder, the Death Investigators at the King County Medical Examiner’s office are called by patrol officers. These investigators are very knowledgeable, can assess the scene further to make sure detectives aren’t needed.
Augenstein’s article can be read here.