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If a death is suspected to be a homicide, the deceased's hands are placed in plastic bags for transport to maintain the integrity of any evidence present under the fingernails or on the surface of the skin. During the autopsy, the medical examiner will obtain fingernail samples and any residue samples present. When the bags, including the body bag and those on the hands, are removed, they are folded and also submitted as evidence. Based on the investigation results, the examiner may have to testify in court and explain his or her findings.
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