hide and die syndrome

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hide and die syndrome 

FORENSICS

A phenomenon seen in up to 20% of hypothermia-induced deaths that occur on land, in which a decedent’s body is found “hidden” in unusual places–e.g., under a bed or bench, on a shelf or behind a wardrobe, presumably because the person–especially one with dementia–was “hiding” someplace warmer than the environment.

The hide-and-die phenomenon can complicate scene investigations, as a hidden body suggests homicidal intent, potentially leading to a million-dollar investigation for naught.

Synonyms Hide and die phenomenon, terminal burrowing

Reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothermia

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