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Murder squad detectives could glean vital information from groundbreaking scientific research on bodies that are dumped in suitcases.

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Forensics to solve murder inquiries

Pioneering research by forensic scientists at King's College London could help police solve more murders where bodies have been dumped in suitcases. It focuses on how easily flies can reach the body through the zip of a bag.

The research aims to give detectives a better estimate for the victim's time of death. A word of warning, Emma Burrows' report contains pictures of the experiment.

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Forensics research into bodies found in bags

Murder squad detectives could glean vital information from groundbreaking scientific research on bodies that are dumped in suitcases. New research is being carried out at the Natural History Museum into how easily flies can access bodies in suitcases.

The experiments are dotted within the grounds of the Natural History musem Credit: ITV London

It's thought the research will give detectives a much more accurate time of death for the victim. Female flies lay eggs on the zip of a bag, which when zipped tightly takes longer for maggots to be able to enter the bag.

This could mean the difference between hours and days when teams are estimating a victim's time of death.

The flies are placed inside zipped up boxes Credit: ITV London

There have been a number of high profile investigations of this type in recent years, including the murder of Alexandra Kovacs whose remains were found in a trolley case in Hendon, north London, last month, and the death of care assistant Leah Questin in 2009.

Teams investigating the death of care assistant Leah Questin in 2009 Credit: ITV London
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