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OFFICE OF THE CORONER OF YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY

CORONER'S SUMMARY REPORT

NAME: Kevin Gilmore
DOB: 3/26/67
AGE: 20
SEX: M
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
WEIGHT: 190 lbs
PATH MD: T. Sweeney
TYPE: COR
AUTOPSY NO: 11L-1987
DEATH D/T: 12/12-13/87 (estimated)
AUTOPSY D/T: 12/14/87 @ 0830

 

FINDINGS:

I. Diabetic ketoacidosis

II. Dehydration

III. Nasal fracture

IV. Abrasions and contusions with evidence of blunt force trauma on the left cheek and feet; defensive wounds on the hands and arms

Postmortem Examination: Kevin Gilmore

External Examination:

The body is that of a well-developed, well-nourished twenty-year-old white male measuring 73" in length and weighing 190 lbs. Rigor mortis is resolved. Livor mortis is present and fixed on the left side of the body. The hair is short and medium brown. The irides are green. The nose is fractured. The ears are unremarkable. The teeth are natural. The chest is symmetrical. The abdomen is flat. The external genitalia are unremarkable. The upper and lower extremities show no deformities. There are contusions and abrasions on the face, upper extremities and feet. Skin is dry.

Clothing:

Clothing includes blue jeans, size 33/32; blue hooded Ole Miss Basketball sweatshirt, size L, black short-sleeved t-shirt, size L; white socks and sneakers, size 12; and white underwear. A small amount of debris visually consistent with sawdust or wood dust was observed on the clothing. Samples were collected and submitted to the State Crime Lab for analysis.

Evidence of Injury:

Contusions throughout the orbital area consistent with aftereffects of nasal fracture, appear reddish-purple in color and antemortem.

Abrasions and contusion to the left cheek area consistent with moderate blunt force trauma, appear reddish-purple in color and antemortem.

Nasal fracture is unhealed and antemortem.

Contusions on the upper arms consistent with finger marks from medium to large hands, appear reddish purple in color and antemortem.

Abrasions and contusions on the lower arms consistent with defensive wounds, appear reddish purple in color and antemortem.

Abrasions and contusions on the hands and torn fingernails consistent with grabbing or clawing at a hard surface, appear reddish purple in color and antemortem. A reddish-brown residue is present on the fingers.

Contusions on the soles of the feet consistent with blunt force trauma, appear reddish purple in color and antemortem.

Internal Examination:

All organs are present in their usual anatomical sites and relationships. Body cavities are dry. The musculoskeletal system and subcutaneous tissue are anatomic. The lungs show no evidence of congestion. The pulmonary arteries are free of thromboemboli. There is no evidence of significant atherosclerosis. The gastrointestinal system, hepatobiliary system and hemolymphatic system are free of anomaly. The stomach is empty. The urinary bladder is empty. The male genital system is anatomic and shows no lesions or injuries.

Histology:

Representative portions of various organs are preserved in 10% formaldehyde and placed in two labeled storage containers.

Toxicology:

blood ethanol: none
urine drugs: N/A
vitreous: glucose 223 mg/dL

Samples of cardiac chamber blood is submitted for additional toxicologic analysis.

Serology:

A sample of intracardiac blood is submitted in an EDTA tube.

Opinion:

Death of this twenty-year-old male is attributed to complications of diabetes exacerbated by dehydration. Manner of death is undetermined.

//T. Sweeney, M.D.
Coroner

12/18/87

 

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Sounds like he tried to defend hisself from a larger person but his feet puzzle me. Maybe someone locked him in the room and when he died dressed him and got rid of his body??????? ......but why move him. No one would find him for years if he...

Sounds like he tried to defend hisself from a larger person but his feet puzzle me. Maybe someone locked him in the room and when he died dressed him and got rid of his body??????? ......but why move him. No one would find him for years if he had been left in the room???????? Any thoughts on this???

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  1.    SilverMine

I think there must have been some construction because of the hidden room but I don't know when it took place.

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  1.    Officer x

But then they fail to find his bracelet or the message on the door? It seems unlikely they would go in to remove any fingerprints but miss the big pieces of incriminating evidence.

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  1.    SilverMine

Well im guessing they figured the smell would draw attention and if the room was uncovered with valuble pieces of evidence then they would b caught maby they figured the room would stay hidden forever i mean the evidence in tht room makes it the...

Well im guessing they figured the smell would draw attention and if the room was uncovered with valuble pieces of evidence then they would b caught maby they figured the room would stay hidden forever i mean the evidence in tht room makes it the only obvious crime scene his urine was found in more than a couple of places tht right there says hed been in tht room for a good bit of time and then the message on the door.....

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The feet thing doesn't really bother me that much, if he was lying down on his back and being threatened with a blunt weapon he would use both his feet and arms to protect himself. What if whoever placed him in the room didn't mean to kill him...

The feet thing doesn't really bother me that much, if he was lying down on his back and being threatened with a blunt weapon he would use both his feet and arms to protect himself. What if whoever placed him in the room didn't mean to kill him but instead wanted to hurt or scare him, and didn't know he was a diabetic. The killer beats him, then leaves to let him stew for a few hours and when he goes back Kevin has died. The killer then panics dumps the body and bolts. which could explain why the killer didn't remove the bracelet or distroy the message on the back of the door. Or if they did know he was diabetic then maybe underestimated how serious the condition. The RB on the back of the door, now that bothers me.

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  1.    Trazker

I think if everyone goes and trys to scratch there name on a door or any wood u will c the sifficultys in using ur names to write like the message was wrote im telling u he used an object not his nails the eood under his nails is pronounced y the...

I think if everyone goes and trys to scratch there name on a door or any wood u will c the sifficultys in using ur names to write like the message was wrote im telling u he used an object not his nails the eood under his nails is pronounced y the same tht was found in his shirrt.

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  1.    Gibson

He panics but then takes time to put shoes on the body???

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  1.    SilverMine

Well, yes it's not like there was a time limit. what if the shoes were on him when he died? also you can still get injured feet with your shoes on, so what if they were never off? anyway it dosent seem like that unlikely that a person could...

Well, yes it's not like there was a time limit. what if the shoes were on him when he died? also you can still get injured feet with your shoes on, so what if they were never off? anyway it dosent seem like that unlikely that a person could panic, dress them and move the body. although I am moving away from my original theory of the whole panic thing. also if the killers don't put the shoes/clothes back on then they have two things to get rid of, but if they dress him again then they dump the whole package. Less chance of the shoes coming back to haunt them.

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I see everyone talking about a "killer" but why not in plural? If you listen to what Buzz is saying in his interview, he is stating that he saw 3 men going into a "spaceship" and only 2 came out. So there is an accomplice.

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  1.    Trazker

You have to take what Buzz says with a grain of salt!! :-)

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  1.    SilverMine

Yes very true, but you have to dissect his story and take the useful parts out. Which is that from the tree line he saw 3 men going into a building and only 2 came out.

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  1.    SilverMine

No thts where u will mess up crusial information u have to take everything he says super serius aliens means people and the one tht never came from the ship which would be the building was found dead. Tht right there is a key witness statement

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Did the killer(s) give Kevin a flashlight? If so why? Small mercy? Is there anything on the flashlight like blood, DNA, fingerprints etc could he scrape a legible message with no light?
did the killer(s) cover over the hidden room without...

Did the killer(s) give Kevin a flashlight? If so why? Small mercy? Is there anything on the flashlight like blood, DNA, fingerprints etc could he scrape a legible message with no light?
did the killer(s) cover over the hidden room without checking the inside for incriminating evidence (bracelet message on door), if so why, in a hurry maybe?
Then there's the message itself, RB? Is this an initial? Why make it so ambiguous when he had time to scrape the rest of the message including the date?
Looks likely to be more than one killer due to Buzz's statement even though he claims to have seen aliens and has a tinfoil hat and probably only eats yellow foods. Also the victim was 20 years old, fit, tall and well built so could easily pose a problem for any one person trying to overpower him.
If not an accidental killing then the killers would not need a knife, gun, poison, rope etc just put him in a locked room and wait for the diabetes to do it's thing.
Ideas?

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  1.    Gibson

I like your thinking! If the killer(s) wanted to move him, they must have done it either at night or really early in the morning, as it isn't easy to move a body through a constrruction site.
Whoever kiloled him either knew about his diabetes and...

I like your thinking! If the killer(s) wanted to move him, they must have done it either at night or really early in the morning, as it isn't easy to move a body through a constrruction site.
Whoever kiloled him either knew about his diabetes and locked him in the room, swo they must now about him. maybe someone close to him, or someone on his basketball team? OR didn't know and beat him up, then locked him in the room to scare him, and when they came back, he was dead.
The thing that worries me was that he was dehydrated. His body cavities were dry, so how long was he laying there for? Also, was he alive when he became dehydrated, as that would take a longer time. Was he drinking water etc. at home before? or did he not drink anything?

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  1.    Gibson

Maybe a small mercy it's hard to say. Maybe they knew the torch was running out of power and gave it to him to tease him. Also there is another thing that bugs me. Is it really RB or RR? becaus the bottom isn't closed like a B, It's open. The...

Maybe a small mercy it's hard to say. Maybe they knew the torch was running out of power and gave it to him to tease him. Also there is another thing that bugs me. Is it really RB or RR? becaus the bottom isn't closed like a B, It's open. The people must have known he was diabetic as well and also used ethat against him. I would say you were right that it wasnt' an accidentla killing and it's obvious the people knew him as well. What also gets me is that he mentions to his aunt a lady who's name begins with R. coincidence? Is it possible one of the killers was a woman?

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First of all, if he scratched the note with his own fingers nails. I can tell you why it was as short as it was. Have you ever gotten a sliver under your fingernail??? It hurts like crazy!!! I have had that happen to me first hand right before my...

First of all, if he scratched the note with his own fingers nails. I can tell you why it was as short as it was. Have you ever gotten a sliver under your fingernail??? It hurts like crazy!!! I have had that happen to me first hand right before my piano jury..It hurt so bad it and it bled and I went completely pale and they had to post phone my jury for 15 minutes until I collected myself. So if ONE sliver could do that think of how many he had scratching the note in the. door.

I was thinking about leaving him in the room but I thought maybe they were afraid of the smell of decomp giving away their hiding spot of the body and for some reason did not want it found there.

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  1.    Trazker

I think these cases are about who, what and where. Not about if a court can convict them and how long they go to jail. We just have to figure out who did it and write a convincing story for the powers to be. All though some of my stories have...

I think these cases are about who, what and where. Not about if a court can convict them and how long they go to jail. We just have to figure out who did it and write a convincing story for the powers to be. All though some of my stories have been convincing to me but didn't sway anyone else. :-)

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  1.    SilverMine

How do you want to write a theory without a motive and evidence in the first place!? :P

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  1.    Trazker

Oh my, you'd be surprised at what the mind can think up! :-)

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Do we know what the room was used for back in 87? Whoever closed up that door almost had to have something to do with the murder. I mean, would you close up a room and not go into it first to see if anything was in there? they would have seen the...

Do we know what the room was used for back in 87? Whoever closed up that door almost had to have something to do with the murder. I mean, would you close up a room and not go into it first to see if anything was in there? they would have seen the note!! I really think we need some more clues. :-)

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I had a thought, what if the killer(s) wanted somebody to find the room? I mean, they could have been beating kevin up, and forced him to write that note. Maybe thats why kevin didn't write the full name of the person. The killer(s) could have...

I had a thought, what if the killer(s) wanted somebody to find the room? I mean, they could have been beating kevin up, and forced him to write that note. Maybe thats why kevin didn't write the full name of the person. The killer(s) could have done it for a cruel joke.
Another thought, RB could have been a nickname for someone he borrowed money from, as kevin was always borrowing money from people and not paying them back. What if he only knew the initials of the person, so that was the best he could do? I think we need to look into where he borrows money from, and see if anyone has any connections with ANYONE with the initials or nickname RB

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  1.    Officer x

I meant carved/ cut into the door, not write

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  1.    Officer x

Another possibility is that RB could be an abbreviation for a group of some sort, or (probably less likely but still possible), the last or first initials of two different people, though I'd think he would have spent the time to write + or...

Another possibility is that RB could be an abbreviation for a group of some sort, or (probably less likely but still possible), the last or first initials of two different people, though I'd think he would have spent the time to write + or something in that case. I'd like to know if anyone who worked for the Physical Plant in 1987 or shortly before that had the initials or nickname of RB. I'd also like to know if anyone who worked there at that time had a criminal history of any sort, especially involving pot. One other possibility, though I think it's probably way off base, is that RB stands for running back. It's a big football school we're talking about, and it's possible (albeit unlikely) that Kevin didn't know the killer(s) names but knew that one of them was a current or former running back on the football team. Maybe those behind the room used football players as muscle? Like I said, that idea is way out there, but I figured it couldn't hurt to throw it out there.

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Reddish brown liquid and saawdust? It sounds like the person he was working with was working on the construction site becase from the evidence gathered it sounds like some of the materials are present in a construction site, architect workshop or...

Reddish brown liquid and saawdust? It sounds like the person he was working with was working on the construction site becase from the evidence gathered it sounds like some of the materials are present in a construction site, architect workshop or caprpenters workshop. (excuse mistakes my keyboard is playing up). If anything, it sounds like there was a brawl on the construction site with most likely a man because the autopsy report states that the hand was medium to large size. Although again this is an assumption based on a theory that women have smaller hands than men.

Quick question, how does a body react to a diabetes complicaition? How would the person (diabetic) be acting and how is the complication sually resolved or made worse?

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Contusions on the upper arms consistent with finger marks from medium to large hands, appear reddish purple in color and ante mortem

is there a mold or print analysis available on what made the arm marks i would think that someone carrying a...

Contusions on the upper arms consistent with finger marks from medium to large hands, appear reddish purple in color and ante mortem

is there a mold or print analysis available on what made the arm marks i would think that someone carrying a body would leave distinctive finger prints behind

Ante mortem is prior to death

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Poor Kevin, being without his insulin is what killed him, but whoever locked him in that room and beat him is really the guilty one that caused his death. Do you think there were more than one person involved?

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