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Calliphora vicina (Diptera: Calliphoridae) Collected from a Human Corpse Above 3400 m in Elevation

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In the summer of 2005 an adult hiker was killed in a fall in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (U.S.A.). His body was subsequently colonized by the blowfly Calliphora vicina (Diptera: Calliphoridae). The body was discovered 9 days later at an elevation of 3475 m (11,400 feet). This is the first report of C. vicina on a human corpse at this elevation in Colorado. This paper provides additional confirmation of this fly colonizing a human corpse at high elevations in Colorado.
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Keywords: Calliphora vicina; death investigation; forensic entomology; forensic science; high elevation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Westminster Police Department, 9110 Yates Street, Westminster, CO 80031.

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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