hide and die syndromeJoe Segen2016-12-16T01:29:33+00:00
hide and die syndrome
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