Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation

Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation


Drowning is one of the leading causes of “accidental death” in the United States, but it is possible that many of these deaths are, in fact, incidents of foul play. It is important that law enforcement personnel learn how to properly investigate an underwater scene and preserve the evidence.

This course, hosted by the Longmont Department of Public Safety and Team Lifeguard Systems on October 4-6, 2017, detailed the procedures and tactics for dealing with aquatic death and drowning investigations. The FTCoE funded two practitioners to attend this training to better understand the proper procedures to use during an aquatic death investigation. Read the FTCoE’s in-brief, published February 2018, to learn more about this event.



During this class, attendees learned about topics including, but not limited to:

– Proper documentation of aquatic death scenes
– Preservation of possible water crime scenes
– Bathtub, bucket, toilet, pool, and openwater incidents
– Indications of homicides by drowning
– Autoerotic aquatic asphyxia and aquatic sexual sadism