Flunitrazepam Product Detected in the Stomach of an Autopsy Case Buried Under the Ground for Two Years
Toshiko Tanaka*, Hiroaki Sato and Kentaro Kasai
Department of Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan
- *Corresponding Author:
- Toshiko Tanaka
Department of Forensic Medicine
School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: September 28, 2016; Accepted date: October 12, 2016; Published date: October 18, 2016
Citation: Tanaka T, Sato H, Kasai K (2016) Flunitrazepam Product Detected in the Stomach of an Autopsy Case Buried Under the Ground for Two Years. J Forensic Med 2:113. doi:10.4172/2472-1026.1000113
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Flunitrazepam (FNZ) is a short-intermediate acting benzodiazepine derivative, and easily reduced to 7-amino FNZ. We autopsied the buried cadaver of homicide victim two years after the strangulation following ingestion of FNZ. The whole body of the cadaver had become moderately decomposed and adipocere without any obvious dehiscence. There was a fracture of the lamina thyroid cartilage. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) was performed on bone marrow sample and the stomach contents. Only 7-amino FNZ could be detected in the stomach contents. The detection of 7-amino FNZ brought important information about the ante-mortem circumstances. To our knowledge, such detection of FNZ product in a cadaver after a long period of time has not been reported previously.