- OFFICE OF THE CORONER OF YOKNAPATAWPHA
- AUTOPSY REPORT - SUMMARY
- Name: Zoe Chase
Height: 5' 7", 170 cm
Weight: 162 lbs, 73.6 kg
- Path MD: J. Johnson
- Autopsy No: 54J-2000
Death Date - Estimate: between 10/14/00 @ 21:00 and 10/15/00
Autopsy Date: 10/16/00 @ 08:00
- Sheriff's Case No: 003933-15J-2000
- Detailed reports on file.
EXTERNAL EXAMINATION - SUMMARY:
The body is presented in a black body bag. At the time of
examination, the body is fully clothed in a white knit blouse,
black slacks, and black fabric sandals.
The body is that of a normally developed, well nourished thirty-five
year old Caucasian female. The body length is 5' 7", 170 cm in length and the weight at examination is 162 lbs, 73.6 kg. Fixed lividity
is evident on the anterior of the body and there is loss of rigor.
The scalp is covered by long (16-18 inches) full, straight,
blonde hair, knotted in an elastic band. The body hair is female
and average. Minor abrasions are noted on the right cheekbone,
palms of the hands, and the knees. The skull is symmetric and
intact except for a defect associated with a gunshot wound of
the right side of the head described below. The eyes are closed
and the irises are blue. The teeth
are natural and well maintained. The anterior chest is of normal
contour and is intact except for a defect in the right thoracic
region associated with a gunshot wound described below. The breasts
are female and contain no palpable masses. The abdomen is protuberant and the pelvis is
intact. The external genitalia are female and unremarkable. The
back is symmetrical and intact except for a defect in the left
thoracic region associated with a wound described below. The
upper and lower extremities are symmetric, normally developed
and intact. The hands and nails are clean and evidence no injury.
There are no residual scars, markings or tattoos.
DESCRIPTION OF INJURIES - SUMMARY:
There are three gunshot-related injuries of the body enumerated
here for purposes of identification only.
Wound #1: Wound #1 is located over the right
side of the head approximately 2 inches above and 1/2 inch anterior
to the right ear. There is no evidence of soot or powder in the
surrounding hair or on the scalp. Using a CT scan, a small caliber,
full metal jacket projectile is observed, lodged in the left
cerebral cortex. The projectile appears to be .25 caliber and
was not recovered.
Wound #2: Wound #2 is located over the right
anterior chest, 1 inch right of median. There is no evidence
of soot or powder deposit on the surrounding skin or overlying
clothing by visual examination. A small caliber, full metal jacket
projectile is recovered from the fifth thoracic vertebra, marked
"54J-2000-JJ1," and is reserved in the usual manner.
Wound #3: Wound #3 is located over the left
posterior chest approximately 1 inch left of median, in an area
approximately 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. Wound is a result of
bone fragments piercing the skin.
INTERNAL EXAMINATION - SUMMARY:
All organs are within normal limits. No evidence of a struggle
or sexual intercourse, forced or consenual, is noted.
Rigor and livor mortis in addition to body temperature indicate
a time of death of approximately 21:00 on 10/14/00 and 00:00
- Toxicological examination showed no presence of drugs or
CAUSE OF DEATH:
I. Craniocerebral trauma due to gunshot wound of the head.
II. Gunshot wound of the chest.
- //Jennifer Johnson, M.D.